Jury to mull competing self-defense assertions

December 17, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jurors begin deliberations Monday in a trial stemming from a shooting that killed one man and wounded another in the Pittsburgh suburbs last year.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that closing arguments were delivered Friday in the first-degree murder trial of 30-year-old Daevon Plowden. He’s charged in a May 2016 shooting in Brentwood that killed 26-year-old Tamar Taylor.

Allegheny County prosecutors said Plowden had threatened earlier to kill his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, who was wounded. They said he opened fire when the man stopped by to drop off something for his daughter, hitting Taylor, who had given the ex-boyfriend a ride.

Defense attorney Ryan James said Plowden acted in self-defense, arguing that the ex-boyfriend had threatened his client earlier and aimed a gun at him that night.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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