- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) - Jury deliberations were expected to begin Thursday following closing arguments in the trial of a woman charged with having aided her husband in a slaying at a remote southwestern Pennsylvania hunting cabin.

Lana Roe, 41, of Daisytown is accused of acting as an accomplice for her 33-year-old husband, Jason, in the August 2012 shotgun slaying of Cordele Patterson, 38, of Grindstone. A jury last fall convicted him of first-degree murder but was unable to reach a verdict on the charges against her.

Authorities allege that Lana Roe lured Patterson outside the cabin before he was shot by her husband, who also wounded her. But Roe testified tearfully Wednesday that although she knew her husband was unhappy with Patterson, he “showed no indication whatsoever what he was gonna do,” The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard (https://bit.ly/1paIB3f ) reported.

“I’d never hurt Cordele, ever,” Roe said.

During their November trial, both Roe and her husband testified that they fired weapons at the Wayne Township cabin but said they did so because they believed the other man had a gun.

Jason Roe said he had gone to the cabin in search of guns stolen from his home and sent his wife inside to bring out Patterson. When they emerged, he said, Patterson “started going after her, hard,” and he thought he saw a flash, so he fired his gun and ended up shooting his wife. Lana Roe said Wednesday her husband ran past her toward the cabin and she ran to her vehicle, firing as she went.

Asked about discrepancies in her stories, she said repeatedly that she had been “confused” and “traumatized.”

“I had just been shot, and a good friend of mine was killed,” she said.

She also told the jury that she was “mainly … scared” of her husband and had sought a protection from abuse order against him a week before the shooting. But asked why she didn’t use the gun she had when he shot her, she replied, “I couldn’t shoot my husband. I couldn’t do that.”


Information from: Herald-Standard, https://www.heraldstandard.com/

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