Woman dies in jail after conviction in York attorney death

YORK, S.C. — A woman convicted on accessory charges in the death of a former mayor of York has died in prison.

York Police Chief Andy Robinson told The Herald of Rock Hill that 72-year-old Julia Phillips died Wednesday. Robinson did not know how she died.

Phillips was sentenced to life in prison 2013 in the death of 79-year-old former York Mayor Melvin Roberts.

Phillips was convicted after prosecutors said she made up a phony story of being attacked when Roberts was killed in 2010.

Prosecutors say Phillips was Roberts’ former girlfriend and developed a scheme to kill him to try to secure her financial future when Roberts was about to break up with her.

York police continue to look for the person or people who helped Phillips with the plot.