MERCER COUNTY Woman faces trial in boyfriend's death

Authorities said the victim was shot after he refused to leave the house he shared with the woman.
MERCER, Pa. -- Kathleen A. Robinson of Hadley is scheduled to go to trial this month in the March 10, 2002, slaying of her boyfriend.
Authorities said Robinson, 31, of Pearson Road, shot Robert A. Erickson, 42, once with a rifle during an argument at the home they shared.
Robinson was scheduled to go to trial last fall on charges of first- and third-degree murder but switched attorneys in October, delaying the case.
She had been represented by the Mercer County public defender's office but is now represented by Atty. Gary Gerson of Pittsburgh. She remains in Mercer County Jail without bond.
James Epstein, Mercer County district attorney, is trying the case before Judge Thomas Dobson. Epstein said the case is scheduled for this month's trial term, which begins Jan. 13.
About the case
Authorities said Robinson and Erickson argued at a bar on the night of the slaying and Robinson told him she wanted him to move out of the house.
Erickson left the bar first and went home and was lying on the couch when Robinson and a friend, Judy Knauff, also of Hadley, arrived at the home.
Knauff testified at Robinson's preliminary hearing that Erickson refused to leave and Robinson pulled a rifle out of the closet and loaded it, again warning Erickson to leave.
Knauff said she grabbed the gun and tried to take it away from Robinson but that Robinson pushed her aside and fired, striking Erickson in the abdomen.
He died four hours later while undergoing surgery at UPMC Horizon in Greenville.

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