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Politically, it might have benefited Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala to file charges against suspects in the March 9 cookout massacre that claimed the lives of six adults and an unborn child, he didn’t—and he won’t until the case is as tight as it can be.

Looking over the Franklin Avenue scene in Wilkinsburg a day after the shootings, he said they had strong suspects in the deaths of Jerry Michael Shelton, 35, Brittany Powell, 27, and Chanetta Powell, 25, her unborn son, 8 months, their cousin Tina Shelton, 37, and Shada Mahone, 26.

Nearly two months later, he isn’t saying much more—but he now has a car that may have been used by the shooters, guns that may be tied to the crime, and two people being held without bond on other charges, and detectives have said one of them, 27-year-old Robert Thomas, of Homewood, is a suspect.

“We’ll charge when we think it’s appropriate to charge,” he said.

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