Youth pastor released on bond

A judge granted a motion today to release a 21-year-old youth pastor from Allegheny County Jail in connection with the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl.

After attorney Michael Foglia explained that his client Keith Owens, a Petra Ministries youth pastor, had no prior record, Allegheny County Judge John A. Zottola agreed to release the defendant to house arrest on $5,000 straight bond.

Police charged Mr. Owens, 21, of Duquesne, with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors. Investigators said a 14-year-old Penn Hills boy was inspecting a sawed-off shotgun at Mr. Owens' home when it discharged, instantly killing West Mifflin Area High School sophomore Chelsea McAllister.

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