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Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 3:51 a.m.
 

A jury trial has been continued until August for a Munhall man charged with burglary in a September 2013 incident.

Shaun Conroy, 25, allegedly was the accomplice of fellow Munhall resident Andrew Stevens, 23, who died in an exchange of gunfire with a homeowner during the incident.

Jury selection was to begin on Tuesday in Conroy's Allegheny County Common Pleas Court trial on felony counts of burglary and conspiracy but it was continued by Judge Edward J. Borkowski until Aug. 4.

“There was a conflict with the attorneys' schedules,” said Mike Manko, spokesman for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.

Conroy, free on $25,000 bond, is represented by attorney James A. Wymard. Assistant district attorney Jonathan David Lusty is the prosecutor.

Wymard could not be reached for comment at presstime.

Police believe Conroy was trying to steal a 1977 Mustang on Sept. 17 around 3:30 a.m. Police allege Stevens was a lookout as Conroy entered John Rosgonyi's garage in an alley along the 100 block of E. Eugene Avenue.

A witness saw what was going on from a nearby balcony and called Rozgonyi. Both the witness and Rozgonyi warned Stevens that police were coming.

The witness told county homicide detectives that Stevens fired first and Rozgonyi, 59, responded.

“He didn't set out to hurt anyone,” Zappala said of Rozgonyi during a tour of the crime scene on Sept. 24. “The decedent pressed his hand.”

Zappala said 12 shots were fired, six from a seven-shot .45-caliber firearm held by Stevens, six from a .380-caliber firearm held by Rozgonyi.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said Stevens was struck twice, once fatally.

Zappala said Rozgonyi owns the firearm and legally could possess it.

“If someone encounters you with deadly force, you have the right to use deadly force,” the district attorney said.

Police said Conroy fled the scene during the exchange of gunfire but was apprehended.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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