DA seeks death penalty for Wilkinsburg shooting suspects

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office seeks the death penalty against the two men charged in the Wilkinsburg mass shooting case.

Cheron Shelton, 29, and Robert Thomas, 27,  are accused of killing five people and an unborn child during a backyard barbecue on March 9, 2016.

Chanetta Powell, a 25-year-old who was eight months pregnant, and four others — Jerry Shelton, 35; Tina Shelton, 37; Brittany Powell, 27; and Shada Mahone, 26 — were all killed in the backyard of a home on Franklin Avenue. Powell’s unborn child also died. Cheron Shelton is not related to Jerry or Tina Shelton.

They are both charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, criminal conspiracy and attempted homicide in connection with the deadly shooting.

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