Ride-share van passenger calls slaying self-defense

October 28, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Closing arguments are scheduled Monday in the trial of a ride-share van passenger accused of killing a man outside a Pittsburgh club and then urging the driver to flee.

Thirty-eight-year-old Derek Vasos testified Friday that he acted in self-defense in the early morning shooting of 28-year-old Donald Ketter Jr. on Feb. 5 outside the Carrick Literary Club.

Vasos said Ketter appeared to be in a rage and seemed to have something in his hands, and he fired because he was “scared to death.” He said the van couldn’t drive away and while he didn’t call 911, he did call a friend who is a police officer.

An Allegheny County judge earlier dismissed a terroristic threats charge and a witness intimidation count was dismissed Friday, leaving only the criminal homicide charge.

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