Jurors ordered to deliberate through deadlock in sexual assault trial of restaurateur

Jury deliberations to resume Wednesday in sex assault trial of former restaurant owner

PITTSBURGH — UPDATE - 5 p.m.: A mixed verdict of not guilty and a mistrial for a former restaurant owner accused of stalking and sexually assaulting a woman.

Jurors found Adnan Pehlivan not guilty on simple assault and stalking and the case came to a mistrial on the other charges.

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UPDATE - 3:30 p.m.: The jury has spoken to the judge, and it is deadlocked on some or all of the charges. Channel 11's Renee Wallace is in the courtroom where a judge has ordered the jurors to continue deliberating.


ORIGINAL: Jury deliberations continue Wednesday in the the sex assault trial of former Pittsburgh restaurateur Adnan Pehlivan.

Pehlivan is on trial for allegedly stalking and sexually assaulting a woman he met at a Kopy's bar on the South Side in May 2018.

At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday there was a false alarm that a verdict had been reached, but that was not the case. The jury was dismissed shortly after for the day.

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During testimony prosecutors called the alleged victim, a 25-year-old woman, to the witness stand, along with her roommates who were at the bar the night of the alleged assault.

For the defense, Pehlivan took the stand himself as a witness, along with a doctor who served as a character witness.


The woman alleges that Pehlivan met her and her roommates at the bar, then began chatting with them after buying a round of shots.

Video shows the women leaving the bar and walking down the street with Pehlivan following behind in a vehicle, on occasion he would pull over and turn off the car's headlights. He told the jury he was doing that because the girl did not want her roommates to know she had invited him back.

The woman told the jury how she woke up in her apartment to the defendant sexually assaulting her. She then told them how Pehlivan tried to run and she grabbed his shirt and he punched and pushed her.

Pehlivan said the alleged victim told him to enter through her basement door but when they entered her bedroom and began a sexual act she started repeatedly asking him who he was.  Pehlivan told jury the reminded her several times who he was and how they met and then left her house.  He told the jury that one minute she was one person and the next she was a different person.