Trial opens for Phoenixville woman charged with murder

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

A woman is on trial in the shooting death of a Guatemalan immigrant who authorities said was killed for his backpack in suburban Philadelphia.

Nineteen-year-old Monique Robinson of Phoenixville is charged in Chester County with murder, robbery and criminal conspiracy in the September 2011 death of 23-year-old Selvin Lopez-Maurico.

The Daily Local News of West Chester says prosecutors accuse her of asking two men to "go out on a mission" to rob someone for money to buy drugs, and they shot the victim outside a Phoenixville home over his backpack.

The two men pleaded guilty earlier to third-degree murder and were sentenced to decades in prison.

Defense attorney Robert Donatoni attacked their credibility and said they were trying to blame the crime on his client.

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