Hazelwood man faces trial on homicide charges |

Hazelwood man faces trial on homicide charges

A Hazelwood man accused of killing a 19-year-old woman pregnant with twins will stand trial on homicide charges.

Lee “Bump” Brown, 29, of Renova Street, hung his head Friday as Deputy Coroner Timothy Uhrich ruled during a preliminary hearing that sufficient evidence existed for Brown to stand trial.

Uhrich said the Sept. 16 death of Tiffany Lynn Griffin was caused by massive head injures and that a case had been made for criminal homicide in her death and the deaths of her unborn twins.

Pittsburgh Police Detective Dennis Logan testified that Brown had confessed in a taped statement that he hit and stabbed Griffin, but later backed off those claims. Logan said Brown did admit to being at the Glenwood home the night of the Griffin’s death and had been confronted by the victim’s mother.

Defense attorney Michael Foglia said that he will look into whether Brown’s confession was coerced by police. There was no attorney present when Brown gave his statement to police.

“I was interested to see how my client arrived at the police station, obviously, and how he became a suspect,” Foglia said. “That was the first thing I wanted to find out. The second thing would be what occurred during the statement that he made.”

He also said that he will try to determine if Brown had been intoxicated. “Voluntary intoxication can reduce a first degree to a third degree (murder charge),” Foglia said.

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