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December 5, 2012

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DA: Woman 'smelled sex' on boyfriend, killed him

ERIE — Prosecutors say a northwestern Pennsylvania woman told her boyfriend she had "smelled sex" on him before she killed him earlier this year.

Thirty-one-year-old Rachel Kozloff is on trial in the April 12 killing of her boyfriend of eight weeks.

Investigators say Kozloff shot Michael Henry at his Erie apartment because she suspected him of cheating on her. Her then-10-month-old son was in a nearby room.

Kozloff has denied killing Henry but said he pushed her down the stairs during an argument.

The Erie Times-News reports Kozloff's attorney deferred making an opening statement until he begins presenting his case.

Police never found the alleged murder weapon but found spent 9mm shells in Henry's apartment. Investigators say Kozloff had purchased a .40-caliber handgun and a kit to convert it to 9mm.


Man to trial in fatal shaken baby case

VANDERGRIFT — A suburban Pittsburgh man has been ordered to stand trial on charges he allegedly shook a 2-month-old girl so hard she died from brain damage.

Thirty-year-old 30-year-old Matthew Milisits, of Vandergrift, has been in custody since police say he acknowledged shaking the girl Nov. 15 at his home about 35 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Police added a criminal homicide charge when 8-week-old Sophia Ludwiczak was removed from life support on Nov. 19.

Defense attorney Duke George said after Tuesday's preliminary hearing that he didn't believe police proved Milisits shook the baby or intentionally caused death or injury.

Police initially said Sophia was Milisits' daughter but he has since said he wasn't sure he was the girl's father.


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