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Teen Murder Victim Begged for Life (2003 Article)
Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh) ^ | March 26, 2003 | Karen Zapf, TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Posted on 03/25/2012 11:26:15 PM PDT by Vigilanteman

A high school girl repeatedly begged for mercy while she was being tortured by her companions who finally took her outside, forced her to strip and shot her in the back of the head so she couldn't tell authorities what happened, Allegheny County Police said Tuesday. Rodney Lee Burton, 21, of the 1500 block of Oak Street, North Braddock, and Brittany Williams, 19, of the 200 block of McCutcheon Lane, Penn Hills, were arrested on charges of criminal homicide for the shooting death early Sunday of Dana Marie Pliakas, 17, of Murrysville.

Services are scheduled this afternoon for Pliakas, a junior at Franklin Regional High School, whose body was found at the bottom of the concrete steps leading from Electric Avenue in North Braddock to the Route 30 viaduct.

County Police Superintendent Kenneth Fulton said Pliakas and a companion went to a party Saturday at Burton's home where partygoers drank rum and smoked marijuana before the abuse and torture began.

"Why are you doing this to me?" Pliakas repeatedly cried as Williams assaulted her with a leather belt, her fists and a plastic bottle containing laundry detergent, a witness told detectives according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Williams continued the assault while Pliakas begged for mercy, the unidentified witness told detectives, according to the affidavit.

Burton, who is accused of firing the fatal shot, told reporters yesterday that he didn't shoot anyone.

Read more: Teen murder victim begged for her life - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburghlive.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: burton; martin; pliakas; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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To: MrB

Good points, particularly about the mad dog black racists who sincerely (albeit insanely) believe Obama hasn’t done enough to stick it to The Man. My gut tells me, though, that the president will regret poking the country in the eye with his Racist Stick. Hopefully, he’ll antagonize a whole bunch of folks who would otherwise either not bothered to vote or would have voted for him.


51 posted on 03/26/2012 8:07:54 AM PDT by Basil Duke
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To: TigerClaws

“Tens of thousands of white women are victims of sexual assault by blacks; ZERO black women are assaulted by white men statistically.”


I don’t think the number of black women sexually assaulted by white men in the U.S. is zero per year, and thus your use of the adverb “statistically” is incorrect; I think that you meant to say that the number of black women sexually assaulted by white men in the U.S., as a percentage of the population of white men in the U.S., is “statistically insignificant.” In any event, your point—which I think is a very good one—would be more persuasive if you quoted actual statistics, such as, for example, “20,000 white women were sexually assaulted by black males in 2011 as compared to 78 black women who were sexually assaulted by white males that year” or whatever the real numbers are.

And even if blacks were disproportionately the victims of interracial crimes—which they’re not—we should be concerned with all crime victims, not just black victims.


52 posted on 03/26/2012 8:08:35 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Vigilanteman
Dana contributed to the crime because she might have said something racial while she was getting brutally beaten by Williams.

Did anyone say anything to the lawyers's moronic statement? Saying that should be a crime!

53 posted on 03/26/2012 9:22:04 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name
Are you kidding?

Lawyers can make any idiotic statement which they wish as long as it fits the PC template. The judge can order it stricken from the records but the jury cannot disregard it anymore than you can unring a bell.

Dana's family was originally very supportive of the DA's decision to pursue this as a death penalty case.

In the end, her family graciously accepted the jury decision for life without parole because they didn't want to be dragged through the endless appeals process and reliving the horror it would involve.

As a practical matter, it is virtually impossible to execute anyone in Pennsylvania unless they take purposeful action to end the endless appeals, i.e. essentially volunteer to keep their date with the grim reaper.

That needs to change if we are going to respect the value of life.

54 posted on 03/26/2012 10:00:02 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

I thought - only the facts were permitted. Not only he didn’t have any evidence plus he was implying - a beating is OK if someone says something derogatory when being beating to death.


55 posted on 03/26/2012 10:37:01 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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56 posted on 03/26/2012 10:45:48 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: Diogenesis

America is dying, and the DO”J” defends
murderers — when not giving them weapons.

They have fast and furious was only one of the scams they have ran. The others have been inside the U.S. with guns going to gangs.


57 posted on 03/26/2012 10:50:32 AM PDT by CONSERVE
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To: Puddleglum
One only has to ask who has the most to gain, and what they have to gain, from selectively fomenting hate and generalizing blame.

It's amazing that the liberals keep getting away with talking about peace and compassion etc. when it is so obvious that they are fomenting hate and violence.

58 posted on 03/26/2012 12:18:19 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: raybbr

More politically incorrect murders.


59 posted on 03/26/2012 12:53:05 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: NoLibZone
[How often doe we spread the new?
Maybe once every three years?
We should all be posting these kinds of crime here daily.]

Not sure what you mean about ‘every 3 years’ NLZ. We spread the news by posting here and on other sites, we send out email to others who send it on. We talk to friends and family and give them the facts. And I, personally, write letters to the editor of my newspaper and have blogged on the newspaper forum.

We aren't going to find every story here, I read ALL over the net and do get upset when I see people post false comments......but I'm past arguing with those who don't want the real facts.

I supported Rick Perry and he was run down badly and wasn't a debater, so now I just wait to vote against Obama!!

60 posted on 03/26/2012 3:43:27 PM PDT by potlatch
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