Trial, pre-trial set for sister, ex-girlfriend of convicted cop killer

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Cleveland -- After numerous pre-trial continuances throughout the year, another pre-trial hearing for Bridget Robinson and Danielle Roberson, charged with obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence in the 2008 murder of Twinsburg Police Officer Joshua Miktarian, has been re-scheduled for Jan. 9, 2013, at Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

The two pleaded not guilty May 2 and will be tried together.

Robinson, 37, is the brother of Ashford Thompson, convicted in July 2008 in the murder of the Twinsburg officer. Thompson remains on Death Row at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution for the crime.

Roberson, 27, was Thompson's then-girlfriend, and was in the passenger side of Thompson's vehicle when the murder occurred in the driveway of Thompson's Glenwood Drive home.

Calls to Robinson's attorney, Fernando Mack, and Roberson's attorney, Charles Morgan, were not returned.

A tentative trial date has been set for Feb. 19, 2013, for both Robinson and Roberson. The trial will be presided over by Judge Daniel Gaul.

According to their May 30, 2012 indictment, Robinson tried to assist Thompson in removing a set of Miktarian's handcuffs that were still attached to one of his wrists using Vaseline and a black metal comb. Roberson, according to the indictment, "removed the handgun from the vehicle" immediately after the murder to warrant the obstruction and tampering charges, according to prosecutors.

-- Compiled by Reporter Conner Howard

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