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By Adam Brandolph
Thursday, June 19, 2014, 6:36 p.m.

A Mt. Oliver man who claimed he was standing up for kids on a basketball court when he shot a man was found guilty Thursday of attempted homicide and other charges.

Matthew Henkel, 35, told police he shot Jamal Dixon, 24, on Aug. 15, 2013, because Dixon attacked him. Witnesses said Dixon was in the “give up” position when Henkel shot him several times.

Police said the altercation began when Dixon accused a teenager of hitting his car with a ball. Henkel stepped in. The two men argued and Henkel pulled a gun and shot Dixon. He then called 911 to report what happened. Police charged Henkel a week later with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. He had been free on $25,000 bail since November 2013.

In 2003, Henkel helped prosecutors convict his brother, Jared, and two Duquesne University football players of kidnapping and killing Andrew Jones, 19, and dumping his body in the Ohio River in Steubenville, Ohio. Jared Henkel is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder. Earlier this month, Allegheny County Common Pleas President Judge Jeffrey A. Manning denied his petition for an appeal.

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