Trial ordered in 2003 slaying of woman found dead on old western Pennsylvania steel property



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BEAVER, Pennsylvania — A western Pennsylvania man has been ordered to stand trial in the death of a woman whose body was found in an abandoned building on an old steel property more than a decade ago.

Jarrod Bullie, 43, of Beaver Falls is charged in Beaver County in the death of Robin Sue Miller, 35, whose body was found in November 2003 in a shed on the former Moltrup Steel property. Authorities said she had been hit in the head with a large rock.

Prosecutors cited DNA evidence linking Bullie to the victim, although he repeatedly denied knowing her, The Beaver County Times (http://bit.ly/1H5i306 ) reported.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Popovich argued Friday that the fact that the defendant's DNA was found on the body but not on the victim's pants indicated that she was lying down at the time and never had a chance to stand up.

Defense attorney Blaine Jones, however, pointed to other DNA found on the body and said there is no evidence linking his client to the murder, only to sex with the victim.

"I don't even understand why Mr. Bullie is sitting before you, judge," he said.

He also argued that any sexual contact with his client could have occurred days before she was killed.

"We're not necessarily saying he didn't (have sex with her)," he said. "You can't extrapolate sex to murder."


Information from: Beaver County Times, http://www.timesonline.com/

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