A Verdict has been reached in the trial of Paul Lehman, a Johnstown man accused of stabbing a 19-year-old to death on Thanksgiving Day in 2018. After about three hours of deliberations, the Jury found Paul Lehman Guilty on all charges.
The Jury found Lehman Guilty of 1st Degree Murder, 2 counts of Aggravated Assault, and Tampering with Evidence. Lehman took the stand on Thursday to testify — which is rare for a Defendant to do in a homicide trial. Lehman told the Jury he’s been using drugs since he was 12 years old and he’s been going to a duplex along the 800 block of Steel Street to get drugs. That’s where Lehman said he met Hurling — calling himself, quote, “One of his best customers.”
But Lehman said on November 22nd, 2018 he got into an argument with Hurling over a drug dispute inside that Steel Street home. Lehman said he thought he saw Hurling reach for a gun so he pulled out his pocket knife and stabbed Hurling 45 times. Lehman said as they were fighting Hurling crashed into a fish tank and said, quote, “The next thing I knew, he wasn’t breathing.”
Lehman said he left the scene and didn’t call 911 because he was scared, but eventually turned himself in to the Johnstown Police Department. The Defense said Lehman was trying to protect himself from Hurling and that he had no intention of killing him.
Lehman will be sentenced on June 1st and will reside at the Cambria County Prison until then.