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Third Defendant Pleads Guilty In Piazza Double Murder Case

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(Surveillance video caught suspects entering the Piazza At Schmidt's apartment building in Northern Liberties shortly before two people were murdered there.)

(Surveillance video caught suspects entering the Piazza At Schmidt’s apartment building in Northern Liberties shortly before two people were murdered there.)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Developments today in the pre-trial of the 2009 Piazza at Schmidts double murder case. A Third man enters a guilty plea today for his involvement. Meanwhile, a suppression hearing motion for one of the alleged gunman will continue into it’s second day tomorrow. Jury selection is underway.

One of the six defendants in the case, 29-year-old Robert Kieth admitted to a list of charges including burglary and conspiracy. It’s alleged Kieth broke into the wrong apartment looking for drugs and a large sum of money.

On Monday, 35-year-old Donnell Murchison, one of two alleged triggermen, pleaded guilty to first degree murder (see related story). As a result, he will not face the death penalty. And 28-year-old Langdon Scott also pleaded guilty to robbery and burglary charges.

Meanwhile, the lawyer for the  second  alleged gunman, 30-year-old Antonio Wright, who is facing the death penalty, says his client was not given his Miranda Rights when and was not provided with a lawyer when interviewed by detectives.

In court, Wright says its not him on the surveillance tape showing a man and woman being gun down. The suppression hearing for Wright will adjourn in the morning.

Two other defendants will also be tried in the case, including 43-year-old Will Hook, the alleged mastermind of the robbery-gone-wrong. Opening arguments are scheduled for Monday.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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