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Allegheny County DA no longer will seek death penalty in double homicide case

Megan Guza
| Wednesday, January 4, 2017 4:30 p.m

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday announced it no longer will seek the death penalty against a man accused in a 2013 double homicide in Duquesne.

One day after a pretrial conference, District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said in a filing that he would no longer pursue a death sentence against Michael Robinson, who is accused of killing Tyrone Coleman and Lawrence Short in May 2013.

Robinson is set to go to trial Monday.

“Intervening events have caused me to reconsider my decision to seek a penalty of death in the (Robinson case),” Zappala wrote.

Robinson’s attorney, Kenneth Haber, filed two motions this week seeking pretrial access to more evidence and funds for an expert witness, court records show.

Haber applauded the Wednesday announcement.

“I think that the district attorney did the right thing and acted appropriately in rescinding notice to seek the death penalty,” he said. “I am very pleased with their decision.”

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff reporter. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, or via Twitter .

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