Description: Washington, PA - Jury Finds Defendant Not Guilty of Murder or Manslaughter
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged James Bongiorni, age 69, with Second-Degree Murder and Manslaughter for killing Brian Wilbert, age 38, during a confrontation on April 27, 2016. Bongiorni's daughter, Darlo, called her father to come to her home when Wilbert showed up at her place intoxicated.
Bongiorni took the stand and testified in his own behalf and testified that he shot Wilbert once with a two-shot derringer that he had in his pocket when Wilbert came toward him with a knife.
The defense introduced evidence that Wilbert had threatened Darlo Bongiorni and her family.
Title 18 Pennsylvania Statutes Section 2501 provides:
§ 2501. Criminal homicide.
(a) Offense defined.--A person is guilty of criminal homicide if he intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or negligently causes the death of another human being.
(b) Classification.--Criminal homicide shall be classified as murder, voluntary manslaughter, or involuntary manslaughter.