Defense attorney pleads guilty to covering up overdose death
A Pittsburgh defense attorney pleaded guilty Tuesday to covering up the overdose death of a friend and abandoning the body in a Squirrel Hill alley.
Kevin Abramovitz, 38, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence, obstruction of the law and hindering apprehension. Judge Jeffrey A. Manning delayed sentencing until after Abramovitz completes a 90-day in-patient rehabilitation program.
Police arrested Abramovitz on the fifth floor of the Allegheny County Courthouse on Feb. 2 after a grand jury indicted him on 13 charges ranging from witness intimidation to drug violations.
The charges stemmed from the death of an unidentified man in June 2017 whose body was found wrapped in a purple comforter in Annette Way, an alley. Two anonymous callers alerted authorities to the body, saying it was near the intersection of Annette and Fair Oaks Street, according to police.
Authorities did not identify the victim in any charging documents.
Investigators said the body was not visible from the intersection, and one would need “intimate knowledge” of the victim’s location to report it.
The unnamed victim was staying in an apartment owned by Abramovitz, according to a criminal complaint. A witness who was with the victim reported calling Abramovitz and his girlfriend the night of June 23 to alert them that the victim had overdosed on opioids.
The girlfriend, Danielle Smith, is a co-defendant in the case. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for next month.
The witness said CPR had no affect on the man, according to the complaint. The witness repeatedly asked Abramovitz or Smith to call 911, but Abramovitz said he didn’t want police to come to the apartment because they would all “get in trouble,” police wrote.
Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, email@example.com or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.
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