North Side man, father acted in self-defense in 2011 stabbing death, lawyer argues
The trial of a father and son accused of killing a man outside their North Side home began on Monday with their attorney arguing they acted in self-defense.
Bryan Keith Osborne, 44, and Alex Keith Osborne, 21, are charged with homicide and conspiracy for the stabbing death of Michael Weismantle, 26, of the North Side on Sept. 8, 2011.
The Obsornes' trial before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning is expected to last several days.
Patrick Thomassey, an attorney representing Bryan Osborne, said the Osbornes were defending themselves and were permitted to do so under the “Castle Doctrine” signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett in June 2011. It permits Pennsylvania residents to “stand their ground” when facing an attacker.
Assistant District Attorney Ilan Zur said the law is “irrelevant” because Weismantle didn't have a deadly weapon.
Manning rejected a motion to dismiss the case. Thomassey had argued that there was not sufficient evidence to proceed. The facts will be brought out during the trial, which will resume on Tuesday, Manning said.
Police said the trouble began when Weismantle's sister had a disagreement with Bryan Osborne's daughter. After the girls fought, the Osbornes began arguing with Weismantle. Alex Osborne told police he stabbed Weismantle at least twice with a cleaver-style knife after Weismantle threw a glass bottle at him.
Randal Richard, 43, who knew some of the people involved, told police that Bryan Osborne stabbed him twice when he arrived to break up the fight. Bryan Osborne also is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon.
Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Protest planned Monday at Plum Borough High School
- Allegheny County Council will have new look
- Forbes Avenue jeweler’s embedded sidewalk sign safely slides out to make way for Pittsburgh Playhouse project
- District 7 candidates for Pittsburgh council vow to protect poorer communities
- Senior at Pittsburgh’s CAPA school focuses spotlight on homeless students
- Poor infrastructure may hinder aid efforts in Nepal after earthquake
- Newsmakers: Danielle and Patrik McKain
- Burgess’ rivals for Pittsburgh council nomination owe money to government
- Newsmaker: Dr. Clifton W. Callaway
- Body found on North Side
- Western Pa. experts say nonprofit mergers take work