New Development In Collar Bomb Death

Associated Press Writer

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A woman might be charged in the nearly four-year-old case of a pizza deliveryman who, after he robbed a bank, was killed by a bomb locked around his neck, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, who is already imprisoned for killing her boyfriend, was notifed that she may face charges of bank robbery and conspiracy and a firearms count, lawyer Lawrence D'Ambrosio said. He says Diehl-Armstrong is innocent.

The U.S. attorney's office would not comment on whether the woman may have already been charged, but said a news conference was scheduled for Wednesday to announce a "major development."

Brian Wells, 46, was caught shortly after the bank robbery on Aug. 28, 2003. As he sat handcuffed in a parking lot, waiting for a bomb squad, he told police he had been accosted by gunmen at a TV tower where he had been sent to deliver a pizza.

He said the gunmen locked the bomb on his neck and ordered him to rob the bank. The device exploded before the bomb squad arrived.

Authorities have never said whether they believe Wells was an innocent victim, a conspirator or someone who knew something about
the robbery plot but did not realize the risk he faced.

Wells' family believes he was just a victim.

Diehl-Armstrong, 58, has been linked to the Wells investigation because her boyfriend's body was found in the freezer of a home near a TV tower where Wells made his final delivery.

She pleaded guilty but mentally ill to killing her boyfriend and is serving seven to 20 years in state prison.

The man who owned the home, William Rothstein, was questioned in
Wells' death but has since died of cancer.

Earlier Tuesday, a federal magistrate ruled that gag order would not be issued in the case. Diehl-Armstrong's federal public defender, Thomas Patton, had sought the order because he believed publicity could prevent his client from getting a fair trial.

Patton did not return messages left by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

D'Ambrosio, Diehl-Armstrong's personal attorney, has said he believes she had nothing to do with Wells' death but may have known the people behind the robbery.

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