Roe allegedly bought shotgun on day of shooting

  • By Brad Hundt
    Staff writer
August 27, 2012

A criminal complaint lodged against Lana Kay Roe alleges she lured Cordele Patterson out on the porch of a Greene County hunting cabin before her husband shot him Aug. 14.

It further states that she purchased a Mossburg shotgun the day of the shooting at a True Value hardware store, and that Roe, 40, drove her husband, Jason Roe, to the cabin along Strawn Hill Road in Wayne Township. The couple allegedly stopped just before reaching the cabin because he wanted to test-fire the shotgun.

Roe, of Daisytown, was arrested Friday and charged with criminal homicide as an accomplice. She was arrested after being questioned by state police at the Waynesburg barracks. Jason Roe, also of Daisytown, also has been arrested and charged with Patterson’s murder.

She is being held in the Greene County jail without bail. A preliminary hearing is tentatively set for Sept. 4 at 2:30 p.m. before District Judge Louis Dayich. Michael Bigley, Roe’s attorney, said the complaint was “confusing and we have a lot of questions and we’re looking forward to the preliminary hearing.”

Once she got Patterson, 38, onto the porch, the complaint alleges Patterson followed her toward a path when Jason Roe began firing. Jason Roe then apparently chased Patterson toward the cabin where Patterson was later found dead as a result of several gunshot wounds.

Roe sustained a head wound in the attack, and she was treated and released from a Morgantown, W.Va., hospital. Jason Roe confessed to shooting both his wife and Patterson, and said he shot Patterson in self-defense.



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