• Man accused in stabbing of Steelers' Adams leaves jail after acquittal


    PITTSBURGH - One of three men accused of stabbing Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Adams left jail and went home Thursday.
    Michael Paranay, 26, was found not guilty of aggravated assault, attempted robbery and conspiracy Wednesday.
    “I’m innocent, and I was proven innocent,” Paranay said as he left jail Thursday.
    District Attorney Stephen Zappala said his office is reviewing the testimony of a surprise defense witness for lying to the jury.
    “A last-minute witness, we have some issues with.  If you come in and you commit perjury, I’ll do something about that.  That’s what we’re looking at with one witness,” said Zappala.
    The Pittsburgh Steelers had no comment on the acquittal.
    Channel 11 contacted the NFL to see if Adams broke any conduct rules. 
    “No,” said spokesperson Brian McCarthy.
    Paranay revealed Thursday that he may sue the city for false arrest.
    On Wednesday, his family members talked about the acquittal.
    “It has been a long 11 months, and I think it came out the right way,” said Michael Paranay’s father, Bill Paranay.
    “We’re all very excited right now,” said Michael Paranay’s aunt, Carol Paranay.
    Prosecutors argued that Adams was stabbed during an attempted carjacking in June, but defense attorneys said a fight began after Adams knocked food out of Paranay's hands.
    Paranay's attorney, Randall McKinney, said Adams was "obliterated drunk, aggressive and out of control."
    The jury also found Jerrell Whitlock, 27, not guilty of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, attempted robbery and conspiracy. Jurors convicted him of fleeing police.
    Dquay Means, 26, was found not guilty of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, attempted robbery, conspiracy and carrying a firearm. He was convicted of escape.


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