• Local defense attorney indicted for trying to cover up fatal overdose


    A local defense attorney is accused of trying to cover up a fatal overdose. 

    Kevin Abramovitz is used to being in front of a judge here at the Allegheny County Courthouse, but now he’s the suspect in a bizarre case involving a friend who overdosed on heroin and died. 

    According to the unsealed grand jury indictment obtained by Channel 11, a friend was staying at an apartment owned by Abramovitz when he overdosed on heroin in June.


    A witness told investigators Abramovitz and his girlfriend Danielle Smith tried CPR and used Narcan in attempts to revive the victim, but nothing worked.

    The complaint reads:

    “(The witness) asked Smith and Abramovitz to call 911. Smith and Abramovitz refused and told (the witness) that they did not want police to come to the apartment because 'they would get in trouble.' At this point the victim was unconscious for about 30 minutes."

    The victim’s body was eventually found on Anette Way in Squirrel Hill.

    Investigators received two 911 calls for the overdose on Anette Way. 

    When they arrived, they found a body wrapped in a purple comforter near some garages. There were suspicious because the location is impossible to see from the intersection with Fair Oak Street, a much busier spot.


    The complaint says Abramovitz and Smith also threatened to “put a bullet in the head” of one of the witnesses because they knew too much.

    We went to Abramovitz’s Squirrel Hill home this afternoon to get his side of the story, but no one answered.

    Abramovitz and Smith are facing several charges for intimidating a witness, conspiracy and drugs.

    “It’s all, at this juncture, hearsay evidence. It will be very interesting to see when he has his day in court,” said defense attorney Phil DiLucente. 

    Despite the charges, Abramovitz is still able to practice law.

    The Allegheny County Bar Association said a law license can only be suspended or revoked if an attorney is convicted of a crime and that decision is ultimately in the hands of the Pennylvania Supreme Court.



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