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Allegheny County District Attorney Seeking Death Penalty for Man Charged In Death Of Carli Short, Unborn Child

Carli Short, the 26-year-old daughter of former Penn State linebacker Brandon Short, died this past September.

According to the The Court of Common Pleas, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office is hoping for the death penalty for the man charged in her death, Isaac Smith.

Smith was the father of Short’s unborn child, who she was 17 weeks pregnant with at the time of her death. The DA said that Smith knowing Short was pregnant is why he wants the death penalty for Smith.

Police charged Smith with criminal homicide this past November, and Smith pled not guilty last month. During a court appearance in March, however, home video surveillance from the back door of Short’s cousin’s house in McKeesport saw Short walking out that door in into the yard at 12:22 a.m. Detectives said that, one minute later, a ShotSpotter alert went off nearby. Later in the morning, Short was found near an alley in the back of the house.

Detectives said that Smith told them he had three firearms during an interview, and one of them, a Smith & Wesson revolver that he said he pawned Sept. 29, matched with the bullet that caught Short.

Last month, Smith’s attorney said that his client had no movie and volunteered to give detectives information the day after Short’s death.

As of now, no court date has been set.

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