Testimony continues in 2003 Pa. collar bomb case

Tuesday, October 19, 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)

Prosecution witnesses say a Pennsylvania woman was at a key location associated with a bank-robbery plot that killed a man when a bomb strapped to his neck exploded.

Witnesses testifying Monday in the trial of Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong put her near the alleged location of a note that prosecutors say Brian Wells was supposed to retrieve so he could defuse the bomb that had been locked around his neck.

Prosecutors say Diehl-Armstrong was a player in the bizarre robbery scheme that sent Wells into an Erie bank in 2003. Wells died when the bomb went off as police awaited the arrival of a bomb squad.

Two motorists who testified Monday said they saw Diehl-Armstrong near a spot on an interstate where authorities say the note was supposed to be.

Testimony is scheduled to continue Tuesday in federal court in Erie.


Information from: Erie Times-News

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