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Girlfriend charged with murder in killing of Philadelphia policeman

By Associated Press, 11/25/2002 13:13

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) The ex-girlfriend who shot and killed a Philadelphia policeman in what she said was an accident was accused Monday of murdering him.

Pia Stefanelli, 40, who had a 7-year-old son with the victim, Sgt. Jeffrey Troebs, was indicted on charges of criminal possession of a weapon as well as two counts of second-degree murder, said Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro.

Troebs, 41, was shot in the back of the head Oct. 14 while he was at Stefanelli's White Plains apartment to drop off their son after an every-other-weekend custody visit. Also in the apartment was William Nardozzi, 38, Stefanelli's boyfriend and an administrator in Westchester's Emergency Services Department.

Nardozzi was not charged.

The handgun used in the killing, a .380 Baretta, belonged to Stefanelli, police said. They said she claimed it went off as she was showing it to Troebs.

Troebs had been assigned to the internal affairs division of the Philadelphia Police Department and had been with the force for 11 years.

The dead policeman's parents, Charles and Ellen Troebs, said after the killing that Stefanelli had informed Troebs in September that she planned to move with their son to Georgia.

''Jeffrey was against that,'' Charles Troebs said. ''He wrote a letter saying so, because he wanted to continue to be a big part of Tyler's life.''

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