Pennsylvania

Jurors return next week in federal trial in witness slaying

Assistant U.S. says, "This is an execution ... not a drive-by"

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jurors in western Pennsylvania resume deliberations next week in the federal trial of man accused of killing a woman more than four years ago to keep her from talking to them about his New Jersey-supplied heroin ring.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that jurors deliberated for about a half-hour Friday and return Tuesday to consider the case against Price Montgomery. He's charged in the August 2014 shooting death of 34-year-old Tina Crawford and the wounding of her 63-year-old mother in Pittsburgh.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shaun Sweeney told jurors that "This is an execution ... not a drive-by."

Defense attorney Jay McCamic said no physical evidence links Montgomery to the scene other than a cellphone that he suggested may have been planted. He also said other people had motive to kill Crawford.

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