EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A woman accused of killing her estranged boyfriend the day before they were due in court on a child custody matter wants the judge slated to hear her death penalty case removed.
Attorneys for Elizabeth Collazo say Northampton County Judge Edward Smith should be removed from her case because he presided over the withdrawal of restraining orders the couple had filed against each other.
Collazo is scheduled to go on trial next month in the fatal shooting of Mark Werkheiser inside his Williams Township home March 15. The former couple had a court date the following day over custody of their four children.
The Express-Times of Easton reports Collazo's attorney is arguing Smith's previous involvement with the restraining orders gives him improper background knowledge.
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