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Man held for trial in shooting deaths of Hazelwood sisters |

Man held for trial in shooting deaths of Hazelwood sisters

| Friday, May 22, 2009 12:00 p.m

As Rachel Robinson was led from her Hazelwood home at gunpoint, she repeatedly begged, “Please don’t kill my kids,” a witness testified this morning.

Mario “Fat Boy” Parker, identified by witnesses as one of the gunmen, will stand trial for the May 1 slayings of Robinson, 32, and her sister Daneen Robinson, 21, who were shot a total of 29 times as their three children slept upstairs.

A second shooter remains at large.

Deputy District Attorney Mark Tranquilli said following a hearing in Pittsburgh Municipal Court that the women were “massacred.” He said a motive for the killings appears to be “a frustrated robbery gone terribly wrong.”

Throughout the preliminary hearing in front of District Judge David J. Barton, Parker , 27, glared at witnesses, prosecutors, police and relatives of the victims. He also yawned, stretched, laughed and smirked during testimony.

Barton ordered Parker to stand trial on charges of homicide, unlawful restraint, burglary, conspiracy, reckless endangerment and firearms offenses. Parker remains in the Allegheny County Jail without bond.

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