Hearing delayed for woman accused of killing ex-husband

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Mercedes Robb found competent to stand trial.

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Ex-husband one of five victims of deadly domestic violence

Mercedes Robb is competent to stand trial for the murder of her ex-husband on Nov. 3 outside Lebanon.

But Robb’s lawyer still needs to obtain an evaluation of her sanity at the time of the killing last year.

As a result Judge Robert Peeler postponed a hearing scheduled Wednesday morning in anticipation of Robb’s trial on charges of murder and aggravated murder.

Robb, 35, told a 911 operator she shot Jason Robb, 35, as he waited to pick up their children for school outside her home in Turtlecreek Twp.

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“Based on two experts agreeing, Robb is competent to stand trial,” Peeler ruled during a brief hearing this morning in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Andrea Ostrowski, the lawyer appointed to represent Mercedes Robb, said it was her fault the expert hired for a second opinion on Robb’s sanity had yet to complete the second phase of the examination.

“I apologize for the delay,” she said.

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The Robbs were locked in a custody battle and Jason Robb had cited her diminishing mental condition in a motion seeking full custody.

He was was the owner of J & J Fabricating, developer of a system used to manage video monitors in Costco stores across the country. He had recently launched another business, the Frankenfries food truck.

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He also left behind an infant daughter by his fiancee.

Robb was the fifth person to die in Warren County last year in fatal domestic violence incidents beginning in July 2016. His family has attended every hearing in the felony court related to the case.

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The hearing was rescheduled for June 27 at 10:30 a.m.

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