Dilon Bartifay was found guilty of murder, DeJuan Blair’s father, Gregory Blair Sr.

Dilon Bartifay appeared in a photo shoot

A Pennsylvania man has been found guilty of murdering the father of a former college basketball star and NBA prominence DeJuan Blair.

On a late Saturday night in November 2019, 46 years old Gregory Blair Sr. was shot and killed on Center Street in Wilkinsburg, Pa.

According to Assistant District Attorney Allegheny Alison Braglewho brought the case before a grand jury in a brief trial earlier this month, Blair Sr. was in dispute with Dilon Bartifay34. The prosecutor said the victim talked about his eventual killer, because he believes the defendant harassed his female friend while she was waiting for Lyft, according to Pittsburgh NBC affiliate WPXI.

Local police say Bartifay shot Blair and then left. Blair was discovered with a gunshot wound around 10:30 p.m. and taken to a nearby hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The defendant was arrested the next day by the Wilkinsburg Police Department without incident. He was later charged with criminal murder and held in the Allegheny County Jail.

“RIP DAD,” former San Antonio Spurs striker post on Instagram at that time.

Elder Blair was widely known and fondly remembered in the Pittsburgh area – eulogy and social media condolences were hastily delivered after his death. He worked for a decade at Carlow University through a job with a private Catholic school caterer. His son, the ultimate basketball star, was also an award-winning player during his two years at the University of Pittsburgh, known for his resounding resilience and toughness in paint. Blair was a prominent member of the Pitt team from 2008 to 2009, but ultimately failed to earn success. 1 seed in the NCAA March Madness tournament but only made it to the Quarterfinals. Blair went on to make it to the NBA preliminaries and was selected by the Spurs early in the second round. Blair last played in the NBA for the Washington Wizards during the 2015-2016 season.

DeJuan Blair #45, Levance Fields #2 and Gilbert Brown #11 of the Pittsburgh Panthers wait to appear on court against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2009.

DeJuan Blair #45, Levance Fields #2 and Gilbert Brown #11 of the Pittsburgh Panthers wait to appear on court against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2009 in New York City. (Image: Jim McIsaac / Getty Images)

In extensive testimony reported by reporter WPXI Talia Kirkland, Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office staff member says Blair Sr. was shot in the head and neck. Crime lab experts testified that Bartifay’s shirt worn on the night in question contained gun residue. One of the defendant’s former roommates even testified against him – telling jurors that Bartifay had gone out just before they heard gunshots and that the convicted man had turned around. again a short while later.

The defense had placed their hopes on convincing jurors that the killer was actually a man named Antonio Williams.

The culprit would be the alternate perpetrator cited by Bartifay’s defense attorney Nina Martinellihowever, is really the last witness of the commonwealth.

In his testimony, Williams said he saw some, but not all, of what happened on the night of November 16, 2019: Blair Sr. approached him and initially thought he was the one harassing her friend, but the victim who left him alone was later told that he hadn’t even spoken to the woman. The witness went on to say that he thought Blair had returned to his apartment. Later, the witness said, he heard gunshots.

On Monday, after a three-day trial, the defendant was found guilty of first degree murder.

Bartifay faces a mandatory life sentence in state prison. His sentencing hearing is currently scheduled for May 13, 2022.

[image via Wilkinsburg Police Department]

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