No excuses

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

Several members of Parents of Murdered Children, Pittsburgh Chapter, attended the recent trial of John Mullarkey Jr. ("Cheerleader Murder Jury Rejects Acne Drug Defense," June 30). He was tried and convicted of the first-degree murder of 16-year-old Demi Cuccia, stabbing her 16 times!

POMC commends the detectives, Deputy District Attorney Mark V. Tranquilli, Judge Jeffrey Manning and the men and women of the jury. This jury denied the defense claim that it was the use of medication that made Mullarkey stab Ms. Cuccia to death.

POMC believes that, throughout our lifetimes, we all have problems or some sort of setback. These must not be excuses for ending another person's life. Such acts must receive a penalty denying the right to ever live in a free society.

Six years ago, the life of my daughter, Dana Pliakas, was ended by violence. I can tell you the murder of Demi Cuccia has forever changed the lives of many people, as we POMC members know all too well.

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Chapter Leader
POMC Pittsburgh Chapter
Turtle Creek


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