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Trial Set For Woman Accused Of Killing Children’s Father Before Custody Hearing

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman is scheduled to go on trial in November for allegedly murdering the father of her four children just hours before they were to attend a custody hearing.

Elizabeth Collazo’s attorney said he needed more time to prepare to defend his client in the death penalty case, but Northampton County Judge Edward Smith said Wednesday further delays would cause undue suffering for the victim’s family.

The judge said he could consider delaying the trial until December but prefers to move the case along.

Prosecutors say Collazo broke into Mark Werkheiser’s Williams Township home and shot him six times on March 15, the day they were supposed to appear at a custody hearing.

Investigators say Collazo admitted the killing during a phone conversation with a friend.

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