DA: No Charges in Allegheny Township Shooting Death
An Allegheny Township homeowner won’t be facing any criminal charges in connection with the January shooting death of a man he thought was a burglar.
District Attorney Richard Consiglio said Wednesday that Timothy Lepore acted within guidelines of the state’s Castle Doctrine when he shot and killed Brandon Zeth. Lepore told police that he was in bed sleeping when Zeth came through a gate and up onto his back deck.
According to police, Zeth was pounding on the window demanding to be left inside. When he tried to kick in a door, Lepore opened fire and striking Zeth several times. Zeth died a few days later from his injuries. Police say Zeth was “highly intoxicated” at the time and mistakenly believed he was at his girlfriend’s house, which is next door to the Lepores. Toxicology tests show Zeth’s blood-alcohol content was .274.
Consiglio called the incident tragic, saying Zeth was not deserving of his fate. He says the investigation shows that Zeth was not involved in any illegal activity on the Lepore property – he just merely went to the wrong house.