Allegheny County judge pulls death penalty in Bellevue murder case in wake of Gov. Shapiro ban

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Anthony Mariani issued an order Wednesday that the death penalty will not be considered in the murder case against DeAngelo Zieglar.

The judge issued the ruling based on Gov. Josh Shapiro’s statements that he will not sign any death warrants while he’s in office.

Zieglar is accused in the shooting death of a woman who had filed a protection from abuse order against him. Police said Zieglar shot and killed the woman while she was waiting for a bus in Bellevue in January of 2022.

In his ruling, the judge wrote, “this court concludes that it is patently unjust to compel members of the community of Allegheny County to endure the grueling and intrusive process and unreasonable invasion of privacy which occurs in “death-qualifying” any jury.”

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