Woman seeks insanity plea in ex-husband’s death

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Mercedes Robb is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity to murdering ex-husband.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

UPDATE @ 3:45 p.m. (Jan. 19)

The Warren County woman charged with murdering her ex-husband as he waited to pick up their children for school in November is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.

Andrea Ostrowski, the lawyer appointed to represent Mercedes Robb, said during a hearing Thursday in Warren County Common Pleas Court that she was filing a motion for the insanity plea.

Robb's family was unsurprised.

"I was prepared for it. They had prepared us this was the route she was going to go," said Amanda Palmgren, Jason Robb's fiance and the mother of his baby daughter, now five months old, after the hearing.

Mercedes Robb, 35, is already undergoing a mental evaluation at Summit Behavioral Center, a state mental hospital. Prosecutors indicated they would also be seeking an evaluation of Robb's mental health.

She is accused of fatally shooting her ex-husband on Nov. 3.

EARLIER REPORT

A hearing is scheduled today, Jan. 19 for the Warren County woman accused of shooting her ex-husband to death on Nov. 3, 2016.

Mercedes Robb's hearing is 1 p.m. today in Judge Peeler's court. It should be her first public appearance since Robb allegedly shot Jason Robb outside Lebanon.

A mental evaluation for Mercedes Robb was ordered Jan. 6, according to court records.

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