Aug 4, 2014 11:57 AM by News Staff
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A special prosecutor has been named in the trial of a man charged in the killing of his girlfriend's husband, who was a police officer in Northern California.
The Sacramento Bee reports Monday that the Lassen County Board of Supervisors has approved a contract with Dan Howe to handle prosecution of 49-year-old Robin Glen James.
James is co-defendant in a case that has already seen 39-year-old Joanna Lynn McElrath convicted of the first-degree murder of her estranged husband. She pleaded guilty to premeditated and deliberate murder.
Authorities say the pair drugged 37-year-old Robert McElrath with a prescription narcotic before shooting him with his service weapon. They later dumped his body off a bridge near Susanville, where Robert McElrath was a police officer.
James is scheduled to appear Aug. 15 for a pretrial hearing.
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