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Man Convicted Of Murder In Mt. Pleasant Man's 2016 Death

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ALVERTON, Pa. (AP) - A man has been convicted of third-degree murder in the death of a man struck by a car as he was jogging with his dog in western Pennsylvania on Christmas Eve in 2016.

The Tribune-Review reports that Westmoreland County jurors deliberated for about three hours Friday before convicting 31-year-old Matthew Ramsay of murder, vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. He was acquitted of vehicular homicide while intoxicated and a lesser DUI count.

Matthew Ramsay (Photo Credit: Westmoreland County Prison)

Prosecutors said Ramsay deliberately veered his car across traffic and struck 49-year-old Joseph Cummins, then fled the scene. Jurors heard a recorded police interrogation in which he denied he knew that he hit Cummins.

Defense attorney Jim Robinson argued there was no evidence Ramsay had consumed drugs beyond a daily methadone dose.

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