Update: Robert Morris student NOT GUILTY!!
Not Guilty….of all misdemeanor and felony charges. Mr. McCleary pleaded guilty to summary disorderly offenses. Never underestimate persistance and never stop asking for discovery. I had to fight tooth and nail to receve certain discovery that is supposed to be turned over to the defendant automatically. However, after requesting informally and then by formal motions, I was able to take a look at what really happend on the night of this incident. The Commonwealth’s witness gave at least 3 different versions of what happened…this after he was caught running out of the back door of the residence. The video statement from the star witness was taken while he was highly intoxicated and asked to come back after he sobered up. It truley is amazing how anyone has faith in the system when the supposedly innocent person i.e. eyewitness, is treated like this. Now think about how you may be treated if you were the suspect???
Great result for Ryan!!
PITTSBURGH — A 20-year-old Robert Morris student remained silent as he walked out of court on Tuesday, accused of shooting at emergency vehicles.
A friend of Ryan McCleary’s testified that he was with him on a front porch the night of the alleged November incident and never saw or heard him fire the gun.
“When you have an eyewitness who basically says it didn’t happen, they try to connect the dots,” said defense attorney Steve Townsend.
Moon Township Police Officer Ian Lucas testified that he “was driving on Brodhead Road headed toward University Boulevard when my front passenger window was shattered inward.”
Paramedic Cassandra Donaldson testified that the door on her ambulance was also shot at.
Despite McCleary’s prints being found on a BB gun, Townsend said McCleary didn’t fire the gun.
“You never know what’s going to happen when a case gets downtown. That’s why it’s so important to have hearings like these because memories change, memories fade. People lose track. It was clear today that Mr. McCleary did not shoot a rifle at that vehicle,” said Townsend.
McCleary was held on all charges.