Phoenixville Teen Heads to Trial for 2011 Murder

Monique Robinson was a student at Phoenixville Area High School when police say she was an accomplice in the 2011 shooting death of Selvin Lopez-Mauricio.

Former Phoenixville Area High School student Monique Robinson, 19, went to trial on Monday for her role in the September 2011 murder of a Phoenixville man, according to the Times Herald.

Robinson, 18 at the time of the crime, faces charges of robbery, conspiracy, and first-, second- and third-degree murder. The Herald is reporting that the prosecution is expected to rely on the testimony of, among others, Saleem I. Williams and Stephen Reidler, who have already pleaded guilty to murder charges in the case.

According to court documents, Phoenixville man Selvin Lopez-Mauricio, then 22, died on Sept. 14, 2011 of a single gunshot wound to the abdomen he sustained during a shooting and robbery on Prospect Street in downtown Phoenixville.

Police say on the night of the shooting, Lopez-Mauricio and his uncle were walking back from Wendy’s in Royersford, where the victim worked, when they were approached by Williams, Reidler and Robinson—who were possibly on their way to rob a drug dealer known as “D.”

Police say Reidler and Williams beat Lopez-Mauricio and robbed him of his backpack, which contained food from the restaurant as well as his paycheck, while Williams used a pistol Robinson provided to keep his uncle back. (Robinson, according to testimony at her preliminary hearing, may not have thought the gun was operational.)

Police say the trio stole the backpack and ran off, Robinson carrying it, but Lopez-Mauricio caught up with them on Prospect Street near Starr Street and a struggle ensued between him and Robinson. At this point, Williams shot Lopez-Mauricio in the abdomen, according to police.

Police say the trio returned to Williams’ Bridge Street apartment, where Robinson helped divide the contents of Lopez-Mauricio’s backpack.

After news outlets began reporting on the homicide, Robinson became a fugitive and didn’t turn herself in to authorities until Dec. 27, 2011. According to The Times Herald, Prosecutor Peter Hobart believes this indicates a “consciousness of guilt” on Robinson’s part.

If convicted of first- or second-degree murder, the woman faces a mandatory of life in prison with no chance of parole, the paper is reporting. The trial is expected to last a week.

Previous Phoenixville Patch Coverage of the Case

  • Gunman Pleads Guilty to Murder of Phoenixville Man
  • Murder Defendant Appears in District Court on Drug Charges
  • Preliminary Hearing Held for Robinson on Murder Charges
  • Police: Unknown Where Robinson Was Hiding
  • Breaking: Third Phoenixville Murder Suspect Turns Herself In
  • Report: Murder Suspect Robinson May Be in North Philly
  • Police: Alleged Shooter Had Drugs at Time of Arrest
  • Chief: Black Bag Is Key to Murder Investigation
John April 03, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I'm a loser
harry finster April 03, 2013 at 06:22 PM
at least you admit it john that is the first step to recovery
John April 03, 2013 at 08:46 PM
I wish somone would just punch me in the face
Jose Parra April 04, 2013 at 10:02 AM
I am Jose Parra representing the family in that trial. Selvin Mamerto Lopez-Mauricio the Uncle were not walking back from Wendy's. They were walking together from the area near the Chinese Restaurant on Main Street and then they were sitting on the steps near their home when they encountered the two Individuals. Monique stay several feet away when they assualt Selvin and the Uncle. The gun was first pulled out against the Uncle when he tried to call the police. The correct name of the murder victim is Selvin Mamerto Lopez-Mauricio. I want to thank all who have been there for the family on this most difficult time. On behalf of the family thank you.
Compassionate Conservative April 05, 2013 at 01:53 PM
She will regret not taking the plea deal that would've given her 30 to 60 years in jail. Pennsylvania’s mandatory minimum sentencing provisions dictate life imprisonment for Monique. 18 Pa. C.S. §1102(b) Second degree.--Except as provided under section 1102.1, a person who has been convicted of murder of the second degree, of second degree murder of an unborn child or of second degree murder of a law enforcement officer shall be sentenced to a term of life imprisonment. 18 Pa. C.S. §2502(b) Murder of the second degree.--A criminal homicide constitutes murder of the second degree when it is committed while defendant was engaged as a principal or an accomplice in the perpetration of a felony.


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