PORTLAND, Ore. -- The woman accused of murdering an expectant mother and her unborn child will stand trial on aggravated murder charges.
Judge Donald le Tourneau rejected all defense motions Wednesday and ruled prosecutors could proceed with the death penalty a possibility, should Korina Roberts be convicted of the June, 2009 murder.
Heather Snively, 21, who was found dead inside the crawl space of her Beaverton home.
Roberts stands accused of murdering Snively and cutting her unborn child out of her womb, then claiming it as her own. Friends believe Snively and Roberts met on the website Craigslist.
According to police, Roberts told her live-in boyfriend she was pregnant with twins. Investigators note, she's not. According to her boyfriend, Yan Shubin, "Korena was taking pre-natal pills," and pretended to go to an ultra sound appointment. Shubin told detectives, his girlfriend "was taking mid-wife classes at PCC community college."
When her boyfriend found Roberts on the day of the murder, police suggest, "Korena was sitting in the tub with an infant only wearing a bra." She initially told medics, she'd just given birth. But, the documents show, Roberts later told her boyfriend "she did a horrible thing."
The trial was set to start November 16.