Man convicted of killing drug ring witness, wounding mother

November 13, 2018

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal jury in western Pennsylvania has convicted a man of killing a woman more than four years ago to keep her from talking to them about his New Jersey-supplied heroin ring.

Jurors deliberated for about five hours before convicting Price Montgomery on Tuesday in the August 2014 shooting death of 34-year-old Tina Crawford and the wounding of her 63-year-old mother in Pittsburgh.

Prosecutors said the victim made drug runs Montgomery and considered him a friend but was slain about an hour before she was to meet with federal prosecutors. They said the conviction of killing a federal witness carries a mandatory life sentence.

Defense attorney Jay McCamic said other people had motive to kill the victim and disputed that any physical evidence linked his client to the scene.

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