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Trial of a white officer fatally shooting black teen continues

People come to the Allegheny County Courthouse prior to the start of the second day of the murder trial of the former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Pittsburgh. Rosfeld, 30, is facing a charge of criminal homicide for the June 2018-the death of the 17-year-old unarmed black high school student Antwon Rose, II. (Nate Smallwood/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP, Pool)

PITTSBURGH – Prosecutors will call more witnesses to the stand in the trial of a white former East Pittsburgh police officer charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Michael Rosfeld, the trial continues Thursday in the third day in a Pittsburgh courtroom.

The first two days of testimony included convincing explanations of the witnesses and neighbors, one of them said that he heard Rosfeld in a panic, repeatedly say: “I don’t know why I shot him. I don’t know why I fired.”

Rosfeld fired three bullets into 17-year-old Antwon Rose II after pulling over an illegal taxi suspected to have been used in a drive-by shooting minutes earlier. Rose was a front seat passenger in the cab, and was shot as he fled.

The process is expected to be a week or more.

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