ShareThis Page
Pennsylvania

Deliberations to resume today in Erie collar bomb case

| Monday, Nov. 1, 2010

ERIE -- Jurors in Erie will resume deliberations today in the case of a woman charged with plotting to force a pizza delivery driver to rob a bank wearing a metal bomb collar that exploded shortly after the August 2003 heist.

The panel heard closing arguments Thursday and deliberated all day Friday without reaching a verdict in the armed bank robbery and other charges against 61-year-old Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong. The defense argues that she is being framed and that her mental disorders make it unlikely that she could focus on such a plot.

Prosecutors said two men were involved in the plot that led to the death of Brian Wells. One has since died of cancer. The other, 57-year-old Kenneth Barnes, pleaded guilty and is serving 45 years in prison. He testified that Diehl-Armstrong was heavily involved in the scheme.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me