Pa. armored car killing trial to open Tuesday

  • Associated Press
  • November 6, 2013 - 1:05 PM

PITTSBURGH — Jury selection has begun for the trial of a former armored car guard charged with killing his work partner and stealing $2.3 million in a Pittsburgh heist last year.

Attorneys agreed before Wednesday's jury selection began that opening statements will occur at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the trial of 24-year-old Kenneth Konias (KOH'-nee-as) Jr.

The Dravosburg man was arrested in Florida about two months after the Feb. 28, 2012 heist.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. contends Konias fatally shot partner Michael Haines before stealing money from their Garda Cash Logistics vehicle.

Konias has pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal homicide, theft and robbery and has suggested at pretrial hearings that he shot Haines in self-defense, which prosecutors find implausible.

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