Jury deciding fate of ex-Eastchester cop in manslaughter trial
The jury in former Eastchester police officer James Pileggi's manslaughter trial began deliberations today after hearing closing arguments.
According to prosecutors, in Nov. 2009, Pileggi was sitting in a car in the driveway of his friend, 27-year-old Andre Everett, and took out his gun. While showing it off, the weapon discharged and Everett was fatally struck in the throat.
Pileggi then quit the force and was charged with second-degree manslaughter. His first trial in March ended with a hung jury.
During the second trial, prosecutors say Pileggi never checked to make sure the gun was not loaded while showing Everett and two other friends the weapon's laser device. Attorneys for Pileggi say the shooting was a tragic accident.
Pileggi faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Jury remains deadlocked in ex-cop's manslaughter trial