For the first time in my life, I witnessed a jury trial Monday and Tuesday (Apr 23-24). Accused by a 25-year-old mother of two children of rape in August 2005, an around 55-year-old bartender appeared before the Allegheny County Courthouse with his wife and two children. Although I have seen earlier in movies, the expression of the 14-member jury during the testimony of the complainant and the accused as well as of other witnesses amazed me as they sat without making any reaction the whole time.
The testimony of the complainant, who, I think, failed to provide enough evidence for her claim that the man raped her, and the accused, who was quite furious to the investigating police officer and the prosecutor, was very interesting. Saying that they were mutually making advancement to have sex, the man said both of them, when either of them pointed out about his wife’s possible reaction to the matter, refrained from doing so.
Although the complainant was not consistent in her description and time, the man, for the first time, gave a detail description. He termed inexplicable why praised the woman that night, which ultimately led to the advancement, and repeatedly apologized for his betrayal with his wife. This was, definitely, a strong blow for his teenaged son and daughter sitting in the courtroom. Stepping down from the dock, the man apologized before his children, who were crying silently, repeatedly.
On Apr 25, I went to another court where a homicide case for the murder of 16-year-old Carrick High School student Keith Watts, Jr., on March 16, 2005 in which Howard Kelley, 22, and Jheri L. Matthews, 21, of Mount Oliver, and Shawn Wilmer, 24, of Beltzhoover, have been charged for homicide and conspiracy. It is also a jury trial and the jury comprised 14 members
As Mr. Watts was seated in a car with two others about a block from the school, a passenger in a passing vehicle took aim with a semi-automatic assault rifle, killing him and injuring one of his friends, in a hail of gunfire.