Trial Of Former Officer Charged With Killing An Unarmed Black Teen Is Underway

Michael Rosfeld is charged with criminal homicide in the death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose

Larry Richert and John Shumway
March 19, 2019 - 9:56 am
Allegheny County Courthouse

Related: Jury Arrives in Pittsburgh for Rosfeld Trial

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The trial of Michael Rosfeld, a white police officer charged with killing an unarmed black teen last year, is underway at the Allegheny County Courthouse.

In addition to street closures around the County Courthouse while the trial is in session, Port Authority is detouring over 20 routes.

Buses will detour from portions of Grant and Ross, and Fifth and Forbes starting around 8:30 a.m. through 7 p.m. Riders should expect delays.

The jury, brought here from the Harrisburg area due to pre-trail publicity, will be sequestered. Attorney Bob DelGreco tells KDKA Radio what that is like.

“They will eat in their rooms, they will be told that they should not discuss the case, even among themselves and that absolutely, positively there should be no evidence or information gathered from any source except the courtroom,” said DelGreco.

DelGreco adds the juror's cellphones will not be available to them during the day and they will get them back in the evening but are not permitted to look at anything involving the case. 

Rosfeld is charged with criminal homicide in the death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose. The trial is expected to last about a week.

“I know that efforts have been made to start on time, to put in a full day but I suspect that there is going to be a parade of objections,” said DelGreco.