MERCER Judge again postpones woman's murder trial



The death of a witness prompted the defense to seek a delay.
MERCER, Pa. -- The murder trial of Kathleen A. Robinson, 32, accused of gunning down her boyfriend in the home they shared, has been delayed again.
James Epstein, Mercer County district attorney, said that common pleas Judge Thomas Dobson issued an order Thursday postponing the trial until the October term of court.
The delay was requested by the defense, Epstein said, noting that the unexpected death of a witness in the case prompted the delay.
A Crawford County man, whom Epstein didn't identify, was to be a witness in the case but committed suicide Sunday, he said.
Jury selection was to begin Monday.
Robinson is accused of shooting Robert A. Erickson, 42, once in the abdomen after an argument that started in a bar but ended in the home they shared on Pearson Road in Hadley.
She remains in Mercer County Jail without bond on charges of first- and third-degree homicide.
Had argument
Authorities said Robinson and Erickson got into an argument at a bar March 9, 2002, over Erickson's supposedly asking another woman on a date. Robinson ordered him to move out of their home, but he was sleeping on the couch when she reached the residence around 2 a.m. March 10, authorities said.
When he again refused to leave, she pulled a rifle out of a closet, loaded it and shot him, authorities said.
He died about four hours later while undergoing emergency surgery at UPMC Horizon.
Robinson's trial has been delayed at least twice before, once when she changed attorneys and again when her new attorney needed more time to prepare her case.

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