Government
1:10 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Man Convicted of 1994 Hazelwood Shooting Freed

A Pittsburgh jury says a man who spent 18 years in prison in a murder case isn't guilty.

Thirty-seven-year-old Terrell Johnson has been serving a life sentence in the July 1994 murder of Verna Robinson of Hazelwood.

The jury in the retrial delivered a not guilty verdict late Wednesday afternoon, prompting Johnson to break out in tears.

Authorities in Allegheny County said Johnson killed Robinson to prevent her from testifying against a friend in a drive-by shooting several months earlier.

Johnson was granted a new trial when his attorneys produced a witness who said a woman who identified him as the gunman wasn't at the scene.

It's not clear when Johnson will be released from prison.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.