Jury deliberating in slaying of Iowa lawmaker’s sisters

May 19th, 2016 1:57 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A jury is deliberating the fate of a Pittsburgh man accused of killing his neighbors, two sisters of an Iowa state lawmaker.

The six-man, six-woman Allegheny County jury spent Wednesday listening to closing arguments by a prosecutor and the defense attorney for 45-year-old Allen Wade.

Wade is accused of shooting Susan and Sarah Wolfe after they returned from work on Feb. 6, 2014, apparently to steal a bank card. Prosecutors say Wade withdrew $600 with the card and needed the money for back rent because he was facing eviction.

Wade's public defender has said police rushed to judgment and wrongly accuse him because they were in a hurry to charge someone because of the victims' prominent sister, Democratic Iowa state Rep. Mary Wolfe.