Carrick man acquitted in 2009 slaying in McKeesport
A Carrick man who spent five years in jail will be a free man, because a jury acquitted him on Wednesday of charges related to a 2009 slaying in McKeesport.
Police charged Robert Pace, 25, with homicide, robbery, conspiracy, burglary, reckless endangerment and weapons violations for the April 12, 2009, death of Cecil G. Potter III, 35, at his Abraham Street home. Police said Pace and Bryan Gilbert of McKeesport killed Potter during an attempted robbery of drugs at Potter's house.
A jury in October 2013 found Pace not guilty of first- and third-degree murder but failed to come to a unanimous decision on six other charges, including second-degree murder, robbery, burglary and reckless endangerment.
In the most recent case before Common Pleas Judge David Cashman, Assistant District Attorney Kevin Chernosky represented the district attorney's office. Downtown attorney Ralph Karsh represented Pace.
Gilbert, 20, pleaded guilty in October 2011 to third-degree murder and other charges and is serving 30 to 60 years in prison. The state Supreme Court in November granted his motion for an appeal.
Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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