Trial begins for man accused of killing 2 in Plum DUI crash
A Saltsburg man accused of killing a Tarentum junior firefighter and his girlfriend’s 43-year-old mother in a drunken-driving crash finally began his trial Monday morning in Allegheny County.
The trial for Edward Leonard Cass III, 27, trial had been rescheduled eight times before Monday. Allegheny County Judge David R. Cashman is handling the nonjury trial.
Prosecutors said Cass was intoxicated on Aug. 6, 2017, when he crashed a vehicle head-on into an SUV along Route 286 in Plum.
A criminal complaint said Cass had fentanyl and THC from marijuana in his system.
Cass was charged with five felonies, including two counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, two counts of homicide by vehicle and one count of aggravated assault by a vehicle while driving under the influence.
Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter .