19-Year-Old On Trial for Murder Won't Talk to Jury

Her lead attorney called it a 'monumentally bad decision.'

Despite the advice of her attorney, Monique Robinson, the 19-year-old Phoenixville woman on trial for her role in the 2011 murder of a man on Prospect Street, declined to testify on Wednesday, The Phoenix is reporting.

“This is over my strong objection,” Robsinon lead attorney Robert Donatoni told the judge after his client refused to speak on her own behalf, the paper reported. “Against my strong recommendation. This is a monumentally bad decision.”

Several members of Robinson’s family were in attendance at day three of the trial, according to the paper, and one was overheard dissuading her from giving testimony, telling her she didn’t “have to prove anything.”

Robinson faces charges of first-, second- and third-degree murder stemming from her role in the September 2011 shooting death of Selvin Lopez-Mauricio, as well as additional charges of robbery and conspiracy. Prosecutors allege Robinson helped plan the robbery that led to Lopez-Mauricio’s death, and provided the murder weapon.

According to The Phoenix, on Thursday, both the prosecution and the defense will present their closing arguments. Read the full story here.

Previous Phoenixville Patch Coverage of the Case

  • Shooter in Phoenixville Murder Says Robinson Told Him to Pull Trigger
  • Phoenixville Teen Heads to Trial for 2011 Murder
  • 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
Used to live in the Ville,,,,, April 07, 2013 at 05:54 AM
I wonder how the family feels now for encouraging her not to take the stand? Once again they led this child down the wrong path in life!! When will society ever learn? Children are running a muck and a lot of it can be halted by PARENTING !!!! I understand parents have to work, I am talking about the parents who do nothing but suck the world dry and do nothing to make it a better place..let their children run the streets as much as they run their mouths. The ones who have no accountability, and made a carrer of having "govt paycheck babies". The ones who have 6 babies with 6 different guys. Our children are suffering folks! They are the leaders of tomorrow!! Are you scared ? I am !
harry finster April 07, 2013 at 06:57 PM
i am not scared i moved away and leave you people in the mire
Used to live in the Ville,,,,, April 08, 2013 at 12:27 PM
See Harry, you don't even read the entire comments as they are written, your just here to make an ass out of yourself. Your not scared, you moved away and leave you people in the mire...what does that mean Harry? Did you move to another planet? A place where there are no youth growing up? My comment on todays youth and society is world wide, not just Phoenixville. Let me also remind you, I moved out of Phoenixville many years ago not because of the town, but because of a career change, and even out here we too have problems with today's youth and drugs and kids raising kids and shootings..sadly this is happening all over the country.
harry finster April 08, 2013 at 03:37 PM
thats bs ,certain places have much more trouble than others ,i bet if you ran statistics for the boro of phoenixville you would find a relatively high drug and crime rate
harry finster April 08, 2013 at 03:42 PM
also low quality public school


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