Collazo Lawyers Want Charges Dropped

Defense attorneys in a Williams Township capital murder case ask judge to dismiss the death penalty.

Attorneys representing a woman in a Williams Township homicide case say their client shouldn't be facing the death penalty.

The Morning Call reports that lawyers for Elizabeth Collazo filed arguments Friday asking a Northampton County judge to remove the possibility of the death penalty and to dismiss burglary and theft charges.

Collazo is charged with killing ex-boyfriend Mark Werkheiser as he slept in his home on Browns Drive in March. Prosecutors have said they will ask for the death penalty if she's convicted.

The law requires at least one aggravating circumstance for the death penalty. In this case, prosecutors argue it's Collazo breaking into Werkheiser's home and also stealing his wallet and a rare coin.

Her lawyers say there's no evidence she was breaking in, or that she stole. They also seek dismissal of a police recording in which Collazo talks to a friend about killing Werkheiser.

Collazo's trial is due to begin in November.


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