Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 16, 2012

New trial date set for Mercer County murder case

PRINCETON — A new trial date was scheduled today for a McDowell County woman facing a charge of first-degree murder.

Jessica Persianni Roberts, 31, of Crumpler was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy, and first-degree murder after a robbery in late August 2011 at the Pop Shop convenience store near Bramwell. Her husband, David Roberts, entered the store with a shotgun while she allegedly waited outside the store in a car. David Roberts died after he was shot by a customer who had a concealed weapons permit.

Jessica Roberts appeared today in Mercer County Circuit Court for a status hearing before Judge William Sadler, according to information with the Mercer County Circuit Clerk’s Office. A new trial date was set for Dec. 11. Roberts is now at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

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