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Jury convicts Wilkinsburg man in work-ride slaying

An Allegheny County jury on Thursday convicted a Wilkinsburg man of first-degree murder for shooting his neighbor during an argument over a ride.

Ricco Turner, 22, fatally shot Jonathan Banks, 24, outside their Wilkinsburg homes July 29, 2008, as Banks was leaving for work in the morning. Turner faces a mandatory life in prison term when he is sentenced, scheduled for Feb. 3.

Deputy District Attorney Steven Stadtmiller said Banks was leaving for work when Turner was outside and asked for a ride. Banks said he had to go to work and Turner pulled out a gun, chased down Banks and shot him three times. Turner told the jury during the trial that he was suffering from hallucinations and wanted to stop the voices in his head.


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