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Judge to decide on admissibility of expert

| Thursday, March 5, 2009

Prosecutors in Armstrong County told a judge Wednesday that the testimony of an expert on false confessions should be inadmissible at an Apollo man's homicide trial scheduled to begin next week.

Common Pleas Judge James Panchik granted the defense's request in February to have the expert testify at the trial of Frederick Anthony Robinson, 54, who is charged with setting a fire on Sept. 2, 2005, that killed Crystal Johnson, 40, and her three children, ages 11, 5 and 2.

Prosecutors have since questioned the admissibility of Allison Redlich's testimony as an expert witness in the field of false confessions. Panchik said he will rule on the issue before trial.

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