Jury Chosen In Trial Of East Pittsburgh Officer Charged With Killing Teen

Mar 13, 2019

A jury of six men and six women is in place for next week's trial of a white former Pennsylvania police officer accused of criminal homicide for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager last year.

The final three jurors and four alternates were selected Wednesday to hear the allegations against former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld.

Rosfeld is charged in the June death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose after Rosfeld stopped a vehicle Rose was in as part of a shooting investigation. His lawyer has argued he was afraid and the shooting was justified.

The main jury panel includes two black women and one black man. The jury will be sequestered.

Jurors were being picked in Harrisburg because of pretrial publicity, but the trial will be in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Public Safety officials announced Wednesday that road restrictions will be in place around the Allegheny County Courthouse starting Tuesday, March 19, when the trial begins. Detours are available here

Following the protests that took place after Rose's death, the city also implemented protest guidelines that included the creation of "red zones," such as hospital entrances and exits; major intersections; and Port Authority lines and access points, which cannot be blocked. Those protest guidelines will be in effect during the trial, officials said. 

*This story was updated at 1:56 p.m. to include more information.