Death Penalty To Be Sought In Pittsburgh Officer's Slaying

Aug 27, 2019

Prosecutors have announced plans to seek the death penalty in the slaying of an off-duty Pittsburgh police officer shot to death in a street confrontation last month.

The Allegheny County district attorney's office informed the court Monday of intent to seek capital punishment should 30-year-old Christian Bey be convicted of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors also unsealed the homicide and firearms crimes criminal complaint against Bey in the July 14 shooting of 36-year-old Officer Calvin Hall during a street dispute in the Homewood neighborhood as a party was going on.

Prosecutors said the death penalty would be warranted because the victim was an officer, the slaying allegedly occurred during commission of another felony and there was also risk to another person.

Bey remains in custody; court documents don't list a defense attorney.