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Accused Philadelphia Kraft Foods Killer Held For Trial

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(The Kraft Foods plant, on Roosevelt Boulevard near Woodhaven Road.  File photo.  Credit: CBS)

(The Kraft Foods plant, on Roosevelt Boulevard near Woodhaven Road. File photo. Credit: CBS)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The woman who allegedly shot and killed two co-workers in September at the Kraft Foods plant in Northeast Philadelphia will face trial on multiple counts of murder and attempted murder (see related story).

At a hearing on Tuesday, assistant district attorney Gail Fairman described 43-year-old Yvonne Hiller as a “methodical killer” who waved a gun within a foot of a security guard’s face to regain access to the plant less than ten minutes after she had been escorted out.

“She returned like a grim reaper,” says ADA Fairman, “and she only shot the ones that she held responsible for her suspension.”

Fairman says that when Hiller found a group of co-workers in a break room, she allowed one person to leave unharmed.

“At one point, there was a co-worker holding onto Latoya Brown,” says Fairman, “and the defendant ordered that worker away, and then she shot Brown.”

Hiller had repeated run-ins with co-workers, whom she accused of spraying her with a deer scent, among other things (see related story).

Two women were pronounced dead at the scene, and a male co-worker was wounded.

A detective testified during the preliminary hearing about Hiller’s statement to police, claiming people had been spraying her for years.

The defense would not comment on strategy plans for the trial.

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060.


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