Watch CBS News

Legal Advice For Witness Holds Up Penn Hills Murder Trial

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- The case of a teenager accused of shooting another teen and setting her Penn Hills home on fire, hit a snag Thursday afternoon when a judge determined a witness needed legal advice.

The witness, 22-year-old Joseph King, is expected to testify that he gave the gun to the defendant, Akeem Page-Jones.

Jones, who was 16 at the time, faces homicide and arson charges in the death of 17-year-old Teesa Williams.

Once King got on the stand and testified that he obtained that gun illegally, Allegheny County Judge Jill Rangos interrupted the proceeding, setting off a scramble to find legal representation for King.

It took a good part of the afternoon to resolve the issue, so the jury was sent home.

By day's end, King agreed to testify under a grant of immunity for the potential gun charge - providing a firearm to a person who is not legally permitted to possess one - and he agreed to not invoke his Fifth Amendment right.

Earlier, the jury saw pictures of the trajectory of the gunshot through the victim's home.

She sustained a shot to the head, but died of smoke inhalation as a result of the fire which prosecutors say was set by the defendant.

The defense argues prosecutors have charged the wrong person.

Teen To Stand Trial In Murder Of Penn Hills Girl (4/8/11)
More reports on this case

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.