Focus Turns To Pair Of Levi’s Jeans In Rahmael Holt Trial, Jury Also Sees Crime Scene Photos

Focus Turns To Pair Of Levi’s Jeans In Rahmael Holt Trial, Jury Also Sees Crime Scene Photos

GREENSBURG (KDKA) — The man accused of fatally shooting a New Kensington Police officer during a traffic stop in 2017 is back at the Westmoreland County Courthouse today as his capital murder trial continues.


Day 4 of the Rahmael Holt trial included both more testimony and the jury seeing dozens of photos of the crime scene from the night of Officer Brian Shaw’s murder.



Holt is accused of gunning down Officer Shaw, of the New Kensington Police Department, in November of 2017 as the officer was trying to pull the SUV Holt was riding in over.


In addition to the photos, the lawyers focused on a pair of ripped Levi blue jeans.


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Detectives found these jeans in the dirty clothes hamper of a relative of Holt. Investigators say he stayed with that relative while police were looking for him.


Holt’s state ID card and Rivers Casino card were in the front right pocket. They’re using the jeans to get Holt’s DNA.


Detectives also swabbed the car that Officer Shaw tried to pull over that night. It was driven, at the time, by key witness Tavon Harper. They swabbed the passenger seat and door handle. That could put Holt in the car as a passenger during that traffic stop.


The court also saw pictures of Officer Shaw’s uniform and bulletproof vest, as the lawyers pointed out exactly where the bullets struck the fallen officer, just narrowly outside the cover of his vest.



A young woman who was staying in the house where Holt’s girlfriend was living on the night of the shooting testified about Holt’s cousin visiting the house.




The jury heard from a detective who took the stand to testify about finding five .40 caliber cartridge cases and photographing the officer’s autopsy.



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