TribLIVE

| News

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Konias asked pal to flee with him moments after armed-car heist, slaying

Submitted - Thursday marked the fifth day of the trial of Ken Konias Jr., charged with homicide and burglary for the death of Michael Haines, 31, of East McKeesport, on Feb. 28, 2012 and fleeing to Florida. Police recovered more than $1 million in the theft from the armored car Konias and Haines guarded.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Thursday marked the fifth day of the trial of Ken Konias Jr., charged with homicide and burglary for the death of Michael Haines, 31, of East McKeesport, on Feb. 28, 2012 and fleeing to Florida. Police recovered more than $1 million in the theft from the armored car Konias and Haines guarded.
- Emily Pollino, witness in the murder case against Ken Konias.
Emily Pollino, witness in the murder case against Ken Konias.

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 1:30 p.m.
 

Patrick McGinley knew something was wrong from the phone call he received in the middle of the day and the sound in his friend's voice.

“I told him I was getting ready for work, and he said, ‘What if I told you, you never have to work again?'” McGinley, 26, testified in court on Thursday, recalling his conversation with Ken Konias Jr. shortly after 1 p.m. Feb. 28, 2012.

“He said he did something bad, so I asked him if he got a girl pregnant. He said no,” McGinley said.

“Then, kind of tongue-in-cheek, I asked him, ‘You kill somebody?' Then he paused and said, ‘Yeah.' He said, ‘Will you come with me?' ”

Konias, 23, of Dravosburg is charged with homicide and burglary in the slaying of Michael Haines, 31, his armored-car partner from East McKeesport. Prosecutors say he fled to Florida with $2.3 million.

His trial before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David Cashman will resume on Monday, when Assistant District Attorney Robert Schupansky is expected to call forensic experts to discuss the crime scene before resting his case.

Schupansky said Konias called McGinley 15 minutes after Garda truck No. 5678 was seen in a surveillance video stopping for 2 12 minutes in a parking lot at Home Depot in Ross and 20 minutes before police say Konias ditched the truck under the 31st Street Bridge in the Strip District with Haines' body in the back.

An AT&T call log shows Konias called Mark Majorsky, another friend, about 1:30 p.m. the day of Haines' death. Majorsky, 24, testified that when he asked Konias if he was having a rough day, Konias replied, “You might say that.”“I asked, what happened? Did you hit somebody (with the Garda truck)? He said, ‘No, just guess.' Did you shoot somebody? He just made this noise like ‘Ugh,' ” Majorsky said. “The way he grunted, I knew it was a yes.”

Police said Konias made efforts to give money to friends and family before heading south.

When he arrived in Pompano Beach, Fla., Konias met Emily Pollino, 24, a “high-level” escort, whom he paid $2,000 a night in exchange for sex.

Pollino testified on Thursday that Konias told her he had stacks of cash because he robbed a Pennsylvania casino to support his family, including a sick father.

Asked why she didn't call police upon learning that Konias was wanted in Pennsylvania, Pollino replied, “I was getting high, and that was all I cared about. I just cared about the money.”

Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or abrandolph@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Starkey: Garoppolo baffles Steelers
  2. State Dems broke ties with political consultant days before FBI raids
  3. Worker injured when excavator backs over him in Kittanning
  4. Pirates acquire pitcher Blanton from Royals for cash
  5. Peduto blasts Wolf’s plan to borrow $3B to shore up pensions
  6. Man with handgun robs Fayette County bar, patron
  7. ‘Greed is not criminal,’ says judge in McCullough trial
  8. Cardinals add outfielder Moss in trade with Indians
  9. Tight ends’ role in Steelers passing game continues to lessen but players remain selfless
  10. Multiple delays to slow travel between Alle-Kiski Valley, Greensburg
  11. Avonmore mayor to resign after being charged with theft