Jury selection to begin today for Lana Roe trial
WAYNESBURG – Jury selection will begin today in the second criminal homicide trial of Lana Kay Roe, who was charged with her husband, Jason Roe, in the Aug. 14, 2012 shooting death of Cordele Patterson.
Lana and Jason Roe of Daisytown and formerly of Greene County went to trial on homicide charges in November.
The jury convicted Jason Roe, 35, of first-degree murder in Patterson’s death and of a charge of aggravated assault stemming from a gunshot injury suffered by his wife the same day. However, it was unable to reach a verdict on the charges against Lana Roe and the case ended in a mistrial.
Jason Roe was sentenced Jan. 29 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The second trial for his wife is expected to get under way Monday before Judge William Nalitz, provided jury selection is completed by then.
Jason Roe testified at trial he believed Patterson, a neighbor of he and his wife in Daisytown, had stolen items from their house, including several firearms, and was having an affair with his wife.
He said he shot Patterson at the cabin on Strawn Hill Road near Spraggs Aug. 14, 2012, in self-defense, believing Patterson had a gun.
Patterson was at the cabin when Lana and Jason Roe arrived there shortly after noon, according to Lana Roe’s testimony. The couple had stopped on the way to the cabin to buy a 12-gauge shotgun.
Lana Roe said she went into the cabin to get Patterson, at her husband’s request, though she didn’t know her husband’s intent was to shoot him.
Patterson followed her outside when Jason Roe fired the shotgun in their direction. Lana Roe was hit by pellets from the blast. She said her husband continued toward the cabin and she heard additional shots. Lana Roe said she fled not knowing if her husband shot her on purpose.
Police allege Lana Roe was an accomplice in the murder and had lured Patterson outside the cabin before he was shot by her husband. They also maintain she falsely implicated Patterson in a burglary at the couple’s home prior to the shooting.
Several firearms were reported stolen in the burglary; however, police said Lana Roe sold two of the weapons she claimed were stolen prior to reporting the burglary to police. In addition to homicide, Lana Roe will be tried on falsely reporting and falsely incriminating another, charges stemming from the report of the stolen weapons.