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Man held for trial in April shooting death

Madasyn Czebiniak
| Friday, July 22, 2016, 10:45 p.m.

A Burgettstown man accused of fatally shooting another man in April was held for court on a single homicide charge Friday, according to court records.

McDonald police charged James A. Bongiorni, 68, in the death of Brian Wilbert, 38, of Pittsburgh. Wilbert was shot on April 27 on Hillcrest Avenue in Burgettstown and died after being flown to Allegheny General Hospital on the North Side.

Bongiorni's attorney, Robert Del Greco, told the Tribune-Review earlier this month that Bongiorni acted in self-defense .

According to Del Greco, Wilbert went to Hillcrest Avenue to see his ex-girlfriend, who is Bongiorni's daughter, and Bongiorni shot Wilbert when Wilbert brandished a knife.

Bongiorni remains in the Washington County Prison.

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