Woman won’t take stand in Pa. immigrant’s death

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia-area woman has decided against taking the stand in her murder trial in the shooting death of a Guatemalan immigrant who authorities said was killed for his backpack.

The Daily Local News of West Chester (http://bit.ly/17dv0jI ) says closing arguments are scheduled Thursday in the Chester County trial of 19-year-old Monique Robinson of Phoenixville.

She’s charged with murder, robbery and criminal conspiracy in the September 2011 death of 23-year-old Selvin Lopez-Maurico. Prosecutors allege that she asked two men to go rob someone for money to buy drugs.

The men pleaded guilty earlier to third-degree murder and were sentenced to decades in prison. Defense attorneys have attacked their credibility.

One defense attorney, Robert Donatoni, said Wednesday that his client’s decision not to testify ran counter to his “strong recommendation.”

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Information from: Daily Local News, http://www.dailylocal.com

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