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Trial set for collar bomb trial

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong

Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong is lead to court for her preliminary hearing on charges that she shot a man and then stuffed his body into a freezer with the help of her former fiancee at the Erie County Courthouse, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, in Erie, Pa. Two people, including Diehl-Armstrong, who is serving time on unrelated charges, have been notified by federal authorities that they face possible charges of bank robbery, conspiracy and using a firearm in connection with a violation in a perplexing case in which a pizza deliveryman was killed when a bomb attached to a collar fastened to his neck exploded. (AP Photo/The Erie Times-News, Janet B. Campbell, File)

Federal authorities in Erie say they will move ahead with the prosecution of a woman charged in a bizarre bomb and bank robbery case, even though she has cancer.

U.S. District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin said Thursday that a medical report on suspect Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong indicates she could live at least three to seven more years. She has cancer of the glands.

Diehl-Armstrong is charged with masterminding a 2003 bank heist in Erie. A pizza deliveryman told police he'd been forced at gunpoint to wear a collar bomb while robbing the bank. The bomb exploded before authorities could defuse it.

McLaughlin set Diehl-Armstrong's trial for October.

Information from: Erie Times-News

 

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