Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner found not guilty of misdemeanor, mistrial declared on felony charge

Posted at 3:26 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 15:26:51-05

(WXYZ) — A Pittsburgh public official who was charged with Resisting and Obstruction Detroit police has been acquitted of a misdemeanor charge.

However, the jury could not return a verdict and a mistrial was declared on the felony charge Chelsa Wagner faced in connection with the March incident at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.

In a news released, Prosecutor Kym Worthy said, “Reasonable minds can disagree, but we accept the verdict of the jury regarding their not guilty verdict on the misdemeanor count of Disorderly Conduct. I will not comment further at this time because the felony charge of Resisting and Obstructing the Police is pending. We will be in court for the pretrial conference on December 20th.”

Wagner is the Allegheny County Controller.

The altercation occurred on March 6 at around 12:17 a.m., when police say they were called to the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel to investigate a disturbance that began at the reception desk when Wagner's husband, Khari Mosley, tried to get access to the couple's hotel room. Wagner had gone to bed and Mosley realized he did not have a key.

Hotel staff told him that they could not help him because the room was registered in his wife's name. They tried calling the room, but no one answered.

Police say it was then that Mosley, who officers describe as drunk and belligerent, allegedly became irate and police were called.

Prosecutors say after police arrived they took Mosley to the couple's room and confirmed his wife was there. While Mosley was allowed to enter the room, police heard a loud noise and shouting in the room as they were leaving. After coming back they informed Wagner she would be allowed to stay, but that hotel security had requested that Mosley leave.

At that point, officers say they tried to remove Mosley, but that Wagner tried to stop them and touched an officer. She then allegedly pushed the officer's hand away as he tried to get into the room.

Prosecutors say Mosley was then placed in handcuffs, and walked to the elevators by officers and hotel security. Officials say that Wagner then tried to block the elevators door, despite being asked to move.

Prosecutors say that Wagner then grabbed and pushed the officer as he tried to move her away from the door, at which point she fell to the floor.

Wagner was then placed under arrest for assaulting a police officer. Officers say she resisted and was uncooperative when they attempted to handcuff her. She was taken to the Detroit Detention Center.

Her husband, who was no longer causing a disturbance, was allowed to go to another hotel.