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Testimony ends in ammo purchase linked to slaying

April 1, 2014
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A jury must now decide the fate of a woman accused of helping to buy bullets later used to kill a western Pennsylvania man.

Twenty-one-year-old Chalsee Hughes of Duquesne is charged with second- and third-degree murder in Westmoreland County in the December 2012 slaying of 36-year-old Chris Fincik. Prosecutors argue that her ID allowed two men to buy ammunition hours before the slaying, which authorities say occurred during a botched robbery.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) reports that defense attorney Tim Andrews argued Monday that Hughes wasn't part of the robbery and shooting. He also suggested that the evidence wasn't sufficient to convict anyone of robbery, a prerequisite for finding Hughes guilty of second-degree murder.

Hughes' boyfriend, 20-year-old Earl Pinkney of Monessen, is scheduled for trial later in the case.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,



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