Death of Nalani Johnson to be ruled a homicide

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Officials involved in the investigation of the death of Nalani Johnson, including District Attorney Zappala and District Attorney Dougherty, met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the particulars of the case and how to proceed moving forward.

Although the cause and manner of death for Nalani Johnson are pending further test results by the Indiana County Coroner, the expectation is that the manner of death will be a homicide. At the conclusion of the meeting, it was agreed that all of the charges resulting from the investigation will be prosecuted in Allegheny County with District Attorney Dougherty and the
Indiana County District Attorney’s Office having a significant partnership role in the prosecution.

The Allegheny County Police Department will remain the lead investigative agency with Westmoreland and Indiana counties, along with the Pennsylvania State Police continuing their involvement as well.