Not Guilty Verdict Reached In Wilkinsburg Mass Shooting Case

Cheron Shelton was accused of shooting 5 people in a backyard BBQ in Wilkinsburg in 2016

Andrew Limberg
February 14, 2020 - 11:38 am
Cheron Shelton

Allegheny County Jail


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - After deliberating for over 21 hours, a not guilty verdict has been reached in the Wilkinsburg mass shooting trail.

The jury got the case late Monday and deliberated over 23 hours since Tuesday.

Cheron Shelton was accused of shooting five people to death, including a pregnant woman in 2016 at a backyard barbeque.

KDKA Radio’s Joe DeStio reports family members of the victims were weeping in the courtroom and others were angry when the jury foreman rose to announce the not guilty verdict.

Shelton, dressed in a blue suit, hung his head seemingly in relief with his head in his hands.

The judge lifted the gag order that has been in place since the beginning of this case since the beginning so the attorneys are expected to speak.

Defense attorney Randall McKinney gave Shelton a brief hug as he left the courtroom with Sheriff’s Deputies, to head back to jail.

He still faces other charges.

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