After 2 hung juries, murder conviction sends Allentown man to prison for life |

After 2 hung juries, murder conviction sends Allentown man to prison for life

Natasha Lindstrom
Deshawn Nelson

After escaping convictions via two hung juries, a Pittsburgh man will spend his life in prison now that a third jury has convicted him of killing 18-year-old Daimond Hill, officials said Friday.

Deshawn Nelson, 24, of Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood, was convicted in early April of first-degree murder, at the end of the third jury trial regarding the Aug. 26, 2012 shooting death of Hill in Pittsburgh’s Beltzhoover neighborhood.

Allegheny County Judge Anthony Mariani on Thursday imposed the mandatory sentence of life plus up to 30 more years in prison, District Attorney’s spokesman Mike Manko said.

Juries had twice failed to reach unanimous verdicts before the third trial began in late March.

Hill was shot shortly after noon Aug. 26, 2012, in front of his Curtin Avenue home a criminal complaint shows.

A witness reported seeing Nelson running from the scene immediately after the shooting with a gun in his hand, the complaint said.

That same witness reported being shot at the day prior while driving a blue Chevrolet Tahoe in the Beltzhoover neighborhood. Though the witness was behind the wheel at the time, police said that Hill normally drove the blue Tahoe.

Officials had responded to the neighborhood the day before for a report of shots fired and collected four 9 mm cartridge casings, according to police.

Casings collected from the murder scene matched those collected from the scene of the nonfatal shooting the day before, police said.

The witness, who reported knowing Nelson from the neighborhood, said Nelson was the shooter in both instances.

The jury also convicted Nelson of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8514, [email protected] or via Twitter @NewsNatasha.

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