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Death penalty sought for White Oak homicide suspect |

Death penalty sought for White Oak homicide suspect

| Wednesday, September 30, 2015 9:42 a.m

Testimony began Wednesday in the death-penalty trial of a White Oak man accused of killing another man and wounding his girlfriend over a $230 drug debt.

Prosecutors told jurors Wednesday that Talon Michael Perozich, 22, walked into the McKeesport home of Brian Cook in June, 2013 and fired five rounds from a shotgun into the bedroom, killing Cook, 24, and wounding his girlfriend, Stephanie Pavlovic, now 23.

Police say Cook owed Perozich money for marijuana. The District Attorney’s Office is seeking the death penalty against Perozich.

Defense attorney Lee Rothman said the prosecution had no scientific evidence to link Perozich to the crime and said the jury should question the credibility of witnesses who allegedly accompanied his client during the shooting and escaped through a nearby cemetery.

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