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Judge Throws Out Guilty Verdict, Orders New Trial For Accused Night Club Shooter Charles Becher

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- An Allegheny County judge has overturned a guilty verdict for a man charged in a deadly shooting outside a night club in McKees Rocks.

In October, a jury convicted Charles Becher of third degree murder.

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(Photo: Allegheny County Jail)

Police say Becher got into a fight outside of Club Erotica in January 2021.

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Chris Butler and Seth McDermit were both killed, and three other people were injured. Becher said he was breaking up a fight and fired his gun in self defense.

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According to the Tribune-Review, the judge decided to throw out the verdict based on a statement made by a witness. During the trial, the judge didn't object to the statement.

Becher was released from prison to house arrest while he awaits a new trial.

The District Attorney's Office plans to appeal the decision.

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