Allegheny County’s chief executive and district attorney met Tuesday to talk about the best use of police and how to coordinate county assets to combat crime in local neighborhoods.
They also talked about last week’s verdict in the Clairton police officer shooting case.
Marcus Andrejco, 19, and Emilio Rivera, 27, were acquitted of attempted homicide against Officer James Kuzak. Kuzak was paralyzed from the waist down.
Rivera was found guilty of burglary, robbery and related offenses, but Andrejco walked out of the trial a free man.
District Attorney Stephen Zappala said Tuesday that he the county executive discussed what went right in the case and police investigation, as well as what went wrong. Zappala wouldn’t elaborate on what he thought went wrong.
Zappala said he still has faith someone will be held accountable for the shooting.
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s still an open matter because no one has been convicted of the shooting,” Zappala said.
According to Zappala, without fingerprints, DNA evidence and eyewitnesses, jurors can find it difficult to convict.