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