Prosecutors say Jerrell Whitlock, 27, Dquay Means, 26, and Michael Paranay, 26, all of Hazelton, Pa., were attempting to steal the truck of Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams early in the morning of June 1, 2013. The defenders say Adams bumped into Paranay causing him to drop his shish kabob. Paranay's attorney said his client then lost his temper and punched the 6-foot-7, 325-pound Adams. He also said the 5-foot-5, 140-pound Paranay realized odds of winning a fight with Adams weren't high, and fled the scene after he punched him.
The stories stand in stark contrast to each other, and the case will be heard this week in front of Common Pleas Judge Anthony M. Mariani. The most important aspect of the trial is how and why Adams ended up being stabbed twice in the abdomen, a crime allegedly committed by Whitlock. All three are being charged with attempted homicide, conspiracy and attempted robbery.
All three defendents admit to being present when the attack took place.
The Post Gazette reported Adams' blood-alcohol level was .185 when he was taken to the hospital after he was stabbed, which stands against Adams' initial statement that he had two drinks of Jameson and ginger ale during the three hours he spent at a local bar/restaurant.
However, Senior District Judge Edward Tibbs said last year, in ordering the three defendants stand trial for the crimes, "It doesn't matter if he was a drunk on the street and stabbed...it doesn't matter," according to the Post Gazette.
It appears to be a strategy aimed at attacking the credibility of the victim. Fred Rabner, the attorney defending Means, said, "Mike Adams has a huge, multimillion-dollar motive to lie," said Fred Rabner, who represents Mr. Means. "Being out at 3 o'clock in the morning, drunk, is not the Steelers' way."