Man convicted of 1st-degree murder in western Pa. slaying outside bar, faces life term

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PITTSBURGH — A western Pennsylvania man faces life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man outside a Pittsburgh bar last fall.

An Allegheny County jury convicted 37-year-old Wilbert Johnson on Wednesday in the Sept. 22 death of 36-year-old Qaeed Braxton.

Authorities said Braxton was shot as he left a bar in the Homestead section of Pittsburgh following an argument in the bar.

Prosecutors said a man with the victim had begun dating the defendant's ex-girlfriend, and after the argument Johnston followed the group outside, retrieved a gun from his vehicle and fired.

Defense attorney Anne Marie Mancuso argued that her client fired in self-defense, but prosecutors said the victim was shot in the middle of the back and also cited the defendant's changing stories.

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