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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 5:09 p.m.

The homicide trial of a Homestead man accused of a fatally shooting two men in the Mon View Heights housing complex in West Mifflin ended Monday with a hung jury.

Richard Krista, 21, was accused of fatally shooting Cory Ruder, 21, and Joseph Sherrill, 19, on May 11, 2012. Police said both men were shot in the head and upper body.

Testimony in the trial before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph K. Williams began Oct. 1; the jury began deliberating on Monday.

Juries in criminal trials are required to deliver a unanimous verdict. If they cannot come to a unanimous decision, they are considered to be deadlocked or hung.

Attorneys are expected select a date for a new trial this week, said Mike Manko, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office.



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