- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) - Jurors resumed deliberations Friday in the trial of a woman charged with having aided her husband in a slaying at a remote southwestern Pennsylvania hunting cabin.

Prosecutors in Greene County say Lana Roe, 41, of Daisytown acted as an accomplice for her 33-year-old husband, Jason, in the August 2012 shotgun slaying of Cordele Patterson, 38, of Grindstone.

Jurors deliberated for about six hours Thursday in the case. Another jury last fall convicted Jason Roe of first-degree murder but was unable to reach a verdict on the charges against his wife.

Authorities allege that Lana Roe lured Patterson outside the cabin before he was shot by her husband, who also wounded her. Roe testified that although she knew her husband was unhappy with Patterson, she had no idea what he was going to do.

In closing arguments Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Linda Chambers showed photos of the victim and tried to cast doubt on the defendant’s story.

“If she knew what Jason was going to do and she helped him do it, she’s just as guilty as he is,” Chambers said.

Defense attorney Michael Bigley said all jurors needed to decide was whether his client knew her husband’s plans when she went with him to the cabin.

“If you find that she did not know, she’s not guilty of homicide,” Bigley said.

He said they must also decide whether she intended to make false statements in giving differing accounts to authorities, or whether she was in shock from having been wounded.

“Any inconsistencies and discrepancies in her story are because she was shot in the face,” Bigley said.

Chambers said the defendant said she was afraid of her husband, but she was only afraid she was going to implicate herself as an accomplice.

“She wants you to think she’s a victim,” said Chambers. “The only victims are Cordele’s family, not Lana Roe.”

Jurors asked to see a videotape of the defendant walking investigators through the scene the day after the shooting. The panel then asked why a taped interview with her was not entered into evidence.

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