Women pleads guilty in fatal texting incident

Local - 1/14/2014 7:33 PM by Courtney Rosemond
PRINCETON - A Mercer County woman who sent text messages leading to a fatal shooting pleads guilty Tuesday.

Judy Helen Kowaleski, 43, of Bluefield was scheduled to stand trial but agreed to voluntary manslaughter before Circuit Judge William Sadler. She was charged in the shooting death of Elizabeth Slagle, 42, of Bluefield near Brushfork in March of 2012.

Investigators say at the time of the arrest both Slagle and Kowaleski exchanged heated text messages following an altercation on a school bus between their children.

Kowaleski will face between 3 and 15 years in jail when she is sentenced in March.


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