Trial ordered for man in December slaying near church




WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man has been ordered to stand trial in a shooting death near a church that he has called self-defense.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1U2jiz6 ) reports that 23-year-old Shauntel Studvant was held for trial Friday on homicide and other charges in Allegheny County.

Authorities said Studvant was arrested after 22-year-old Regis Jones was shot Dec. 9 in a walkway between Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy and St. James Catholic Church in Wilkinsburg.

Studvant said he was walking with Jones when the other man pulled a gun and attempted to rob him. Authorities said he told investigators that the two struggled over the gun and tumbled down a flight of stairs, and he was ultimately able to get control of the gun and shot Jones eight times.