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Pittsburgh man convicted in couple's shooting deaths in Beaver County

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 9:25 p.m.

A Pittsburgh man was convicted Wednesday of two counts of second-degree murder for the slayings of a couple during a drug robbery at their home in Beaver Falls.

Devon “Pill Dude” Shealey, 28, who is serving a state sentence on drug charges, was convicted for the fatal shootings of Richard Harper and his wife, Demetria, both 32, on June 30, 2008. Investigators said the couple's two young girls watched as two masked gunmen herded their parents into the basement and heard the gunshots that killed them.

Investigators have said Demetria Harper, Shealey and Robert Lamont “Raw” Burgess, 37, also of Pittsburgh, bought about 20 pounds of marijuana in El Paso, Texas, for distribution in Western Pennsylvania. Witnesses said Burgess, who is awaiting trial, was angry because he believed Demetria Harper kept some of the money he gave her for the marijuana.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or at mhasch@tribweb.com.

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