Martell Smith found guilty of second-degree murder in Pittsburgh fire that killed 3

  • Source: KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pittsburgh
  • Published: 09/23/2022 12:00 AM

An Allegheny County man will be in jail for the rest of his life for a fire that killed two women and a girl in Homewood. A jury convicted 45-year-old Martell Smith of killing three people in a house fire in Homewood almost five years ago in what prosecutors called an act of revenge. A family member of two of the victims says they will never be able to get their loved ones back. She called Smith a coward and says he got what he deserved for killing three people. She added the loss of her family was especially heartbreaking because they were working on becoming closer. Smith will serve three life sentences for killing 21-year-old Shamira Staten, her 4-year-old daughter Ch'yenne Manning and 58-year-old Sandra Carter Douglas in a fire.


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