Saturday, June 11, 2011

The death penalty or life in prison.

HARRISBURG -- After spending four days interviewing more than 150 Dauphin County residents, prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Richard Poplawski murder case Friday finished picking a 12-member and with six alternates. The 10 men and eight women will be taken by bus to Pittsburgh on June 19, sequestered in a hotel and will begin hearing trial testimony June 20, said Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Manning, who will preside. The judge initially said 12 jurors and four alternates would make the trip to Pittsburgh, but he decided Friday to take all 18. Mr. Poplawski is charged with killing three Pittsburgh police officers and wounding another officer, who responded to a report of a domestic dispute at his mother's house in Stanton Heights in April 2009. If convicted of first-degree murder, Mr. Poplawski would face the death penalty or life in prison.

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