Suspect in ex-mayor’s death drops eviction appeal

  • Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013 1:10 p.m.

YORK, S.C. -- A Gaffney woman convicted of killing the former mayor of York more than three years ago has withdrawn her appeal of an eviction order for her former home.

On Friday, an attorney for Julia Phillips withdrew an appeal of a 2010 probate court’s injunction evicting his client and her son from their home, The Herald of Rock Hill reported.

Phillips, 69, is serving life in prison for the murder of her boyfriend. Prosecutors said Phillips didn’t kill 79-year-old Melvin Roberts, but arranged the death of the prominent attorney because he was getting ready to end their relationship and cut off the financial support he was giving her.

Roberts was killed in his driveway in February 2010. Authorities said someone hit him in the head with an object, shattering his skull and forcing him to the ground.

The assailant then fired a gunshot near Roberts to keep him from fighting back, then put a zip tie round his neck and pulled it tight while keeping a foot on his back for traction.

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Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldonline.com

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