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Retrial of man accused in double-fatal shooting visits crime scene



WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. - The retrial of a Homestead man accused of a double fatal shooting in the Mon View Heights housing complex in West Mifflin left the courtroom Thursday and went to the crime scene.

Richard Krista, 21, faces two counts of homicide in the May 11, 2012, deaths of Cory Ruder, 21, and Joseph Sherrill, 19, both of West Mifflin.

On Thursday, jurors saw the place where police said the men were shot in the head and upper body.

"The jury is here looking at the crime scene. I hope they can get out there and know that my son couldn't possibly run in the direction they're saying and they’ll see how it went. It would make more sense,” Krista’s mother, Ramona Krista, said.

Also during Thursday’s testimony, assistant DA Rob Shupansky put a juvenile witness on the stand to testify about the incident.

The witness testified that he ducked when Krista told him to duck, and then a short time later he heard seven shots.

“I’m devastated. You can’t even imagine how I feel,” Ramona Krista said.

Krista's first trial in October before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph K. Williams ended in a mistrial. He has been held in the Allegheny County Jail without bail since he turned himself in to police about a week after the shooting.

Juries in criminal trials are required to deliver a unanimous verdict. If they cannot come to a unanimous decision, they are considered to be deadlocked, and the judge declares a mistrial.

Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.