- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Charleston woman charged in her roommate’s stabbing death may get a separate trial to determine whether she should be granted mercy.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (https://bit.ly/1ZiNPeC) 51-year-old Patricia Miller is set to go to trial June 13 on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 29-year-old Victoria Summers.

Miller is accused of stabbing Summers to death with a knife in 2014.

Miller’s attorney, John Sullivan, asked the judge on Thursday to allow for a separate trial so that jurors don’t have to consider whether Miller should receive mercy and ever be eligible for parole before they decide whether she’s guilty of the murder charge.

The judge said a separate trial will be allowed for the jury to decide mercy if Miller is convicted, but using the same jury.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.


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