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Pennsylvania road rage shooting suspect waives hearing

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 17, 2017 4:47 PM
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This Sunday, July 2, 2017 photo provided by the West Goshen Police Department shows David Desper. Police said Desper, of Trainer, Pa., turned himself in accompanied by an attorney early Sunday and was charged with first- and third-degree murder, possession of an instrument of crime, and reckless endangering in Wednesday's death of Bianca Roberson in West Goshen Township during a road rage confrontation as the two tried to merge in a single lane. (West Goshen Police Department via AP)


(West Chester) - A Pennsylvania man charged with fatally shooting an 18-year-old woman during a road rage encounter has waived his preliminary hearing.

That means 28-year-old David Desper, of Trainer, will head to trial. A formal arraignment is set for next week.

Family and friends of victim Bianca Roberson had gathered outside the Chester County Courthouse on Thursday morning to show their love and support for her. Two family friends held a large banner showing Roberson's high school pictures and calling for justice.

Police say Desper and Roberson were engaged in a high-speed "cat-and-mouse game" as both tried to merge into a single highway lane before Desper shot Roberson in the head and drove off June 28. Her car crashed into a tree.

Desper surrendered to police a few days later.

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