Pittsburgh attorney pleads guilty to concealing drug OD death

By Terri Hill | January 22, 2018

Pittsburgh  criminal defense attorney Kevin Abramovitz pleaded guilty Tuesday to several misdemeanor charges connected with the June 2017 drug overdose death of a Pittsburgh man.

Abramovitz, 38, was indicted by a grand jury on 13 charges, including witness intimidation and various drug offenses. He was arrested on Feb. 2, 2018 by sheriff’s deputies inside the Allegheny County Courthouse.

According to a criminal complaint, the victim who was never identified in court papers died from an overdose in an apartment owned by Abramovitz where he had been staying.

On June 23, 2017 a witness called Abramovitz and his girlfriend, identified as Danielle Smith in court papers, and told them the victim had died as a result of an overdose of opioids.

The witness repeatedly requested Abramovitz or Smith to call 911, but Abramovitz said he didn’t want police to become involved because they would all “get in trouble,” according to the complaint.

The victim was later found by police wrapped in a purple comforter in an alleyway after two anonymous callers alerted authorities to the body.

Authorities alleged in the complaint that the callers were Abramovitz and Smith and added that because the body was not visible from the road, the callers would have had to have “intimate knowledge” of the victim’s location.

Abramovitz will be sentenced after he completes a 90-day inpatient drug rehabilitation program.

Smith’s case is still pending. She is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial conference in February.

Terri Hill can be contacted at terri.hill@grantstreetnews.com

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