Pennsylvania Man Convicted Of Murdering Off-Duty Cop Annoyed With Noisy Block Party
A western Pennsylvania jury found a man guilty of murdering an off-duty police officer who tried to calm down an unruly party.
Christian Bey, 34, was convicted on April 13 of shooting Calvin Hall, 36, in the back three times in July 2019 in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Hall's body was found on a street. He died three days later.
The conviction came in a second trial. Bey's first trial was stopped in mid-March when a witness revealed he'd spent time in prison for another crime.
Authorities say Hall was visiting relatives and became annoyed about a noisy party across the street.
Then a man in black reportedly came out from between two buildings and opened fire.
Bey's defense attorney said Hall waved a gun and made threats before he was shot. But her request to use a self-defense argument during the trial was denied by a judge.
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Bey was convicted not only of murder, but also of possessing a firearm without a license and possessing one with an altered manufacture number.
The Pittrsbugh Tribune-Review reports Bey is scheduled for sentencing on July 10, But his defense attorney told WPXI-TV that an appeal is likely.
“I just don’t believe the Pittsburgh Police should have been able to investigate this case,” Carmen Robinson explained. “We were denied a full opportunity to push back.”
A public safety center in Pittsburgh is named in Hall's honor.
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