PITTSBURGH — A man has been acquitted of homicide in the shooting death of another man at a low-income housing complex in western Pennsylvania almost two years ago.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that jurors deliberated for about two hours Wednesday before acquitting 24-year-old Zyaire (ZY’-ayr) James in the March 2016 slaying of 26-year-old Derek Price Jr. in West Mifflin.
Police say the Clairton resident shot Price after his girlfriend got out the car to get something she’d forgotten. Police say both men had a romantic interest in the woman, and James fired because he was upset after seeing Price punch her moments earlier.
James’ attorney argued that he acted in self-defense. James testified that Price punched a friend through the car window and reached for a gun on the front seat console.
Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com