Jury selection in Konias trial begins
Jury selection got under way on Wednesday for a case involving a Dravosburg man accused of shooting his co-worker in the head during a $2.3 million heist from an armored truck last year.
Opening arguments in the jury trial of Kenneth John Konias Jr., 24, are expected to begin on Tuesday.
Konias allegedly shot his Garda Cash Logistics co-worker Michael R. Haines, 31, of East McKeesport on Feb. 28, 2012, while they were making their rounds for the company.
Haines was found alone inside the truck slumped against a side door with a bullet wound to the back of his head. The truck was parked under the 31st Street Bridge in Pittsburgh. Konias is alleged to have left the truck there and gone back to get his own vehicle a few blocks away.
Konias fled the area and was arrested two months later in Pompano Beach, Fla.
While in Florida, Konias reportedly spent some of the stolen money on prostitutes and was trying to obtain false identification with help from a cab driver so he could escape to Haiti.
At the end of the day on Wednesday, defense attorney Charles LoPresti said he and prosecutors had picked two jurors.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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