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Posted: 5:49 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013
LATROBE, Pa. —
A woman accused of supplying weapons to her boyfriend that he later used to rob a pharmacy earlier this year appeared in court Monday
According to police, Julian Upholster supplied her boyfriend, Scott Murphy, with guns that were used in a pharmacy robbery in July that sparked a massive SWAT standoff in Westmoreland County.
Police said Monday that they believe Upholster was addicted to pain pills, and wanted to help Murphy get some.
Investigators said they believe Upholster obtained the guns from Corey Mays.
According to police, Murphy robbed a pharmacy of hundreds of OxyContin pills before barricading himself inside his Latrobe home – prompting a 17-hour standoff.
Brian Larosa testified Monday that he was at the pharmacy when Murphy stormed in.
“I was real scared. I didn’t want to get shot, so I got out of there. I was going to try to be a hero and do something to him, but I thought I better not,” Larosa said.
Mays’ attorney, Jeff Monzo, said his client told him his guns went missing days before the incident.
“He doesn’t know how the guns were stolen. He doesn’t know if Mr. Murphy took the guns or is Ms. Upholster took the guns. He testified that he wasn’t sure how they were stolen,” Monzo said.
Defense attorney Michael Ferguson said Upholster was in a bad spot.
“She was being controlled by a very bad man who was taking advantage of her,” Ferguson said.
The charges of robbery and theft will go to court.
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