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Two plead guilty for roles in murder of Twinsburg officer

7:54 PM, Jan 10, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The sister and girlfriend of convicted cop-killer Ashford L. Thompson pleaded guilty Wednesday for their roles in the death of Twinsburg police officer Josh Miktarian in 2008.

Bridget Robinson, 37, now of Solon but formerly of Bedford Heights, and Danielle Roberson, 27, of Akron, pleaded guilty to attempted obstruction of justice, a felony, during a pre-trial held before their scheduled Feb. 19 trial.

Miktarian's widow, Holly, was present in Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge Daniel Gaul's courtroom when the two women pleaded guilty.

They are scheduled to be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 6. When contacted by WKYC and asked if she would be present and speak at their sentencings, Holly Miktarian said "yes." 

Robinson is the sister of Thompson, convicted in 2010 of killing Miktarian in July 2008. Roberson is Thompson's girlfriend.

On May 1, 2012, both were indicted and arrested on multiple felony charges of obstructing justice and tampering with evidence.

Robinson was originally charged with two counts of obstructing justice, two counts of attempted obstruction of justice, and two counts of tampering with evidence, while Roberson was originally charged with two counts of obstructing justice and one count of tampering with evidence.

Mid-morning May 1, the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Roberson and Robinson.

The killing of Miktarian occured about 2 a.m. July 13, 2008 in Twinsburg during a traffic stop for loud music coming from Thompson's car.

Miktarian made the traffic stop and was in the process of handcuffing Thompson, the driver, when Thompson shot him multiple times, then drove off with the handcuffs still on one wrist.

When Miktarian didn't respond to radio calls from the police dispatcher, Twinsburg and Solon police officers converged on his location and found him lying on the ground, shot multiple times.

Police later learned that Thompson was hiding in Robinson's then-home in Bedford Heights and went there and arrested him.

Miktarian died while being taken by LifeFlight to MetroHealth Medical Center, leaving behind his wife, Holly, who was then an Oakwood police officer, and their baby daughter, Thea.

A jury found Thompson guilty of killing Miktarian and Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Elinor Marsh Stormer sentenced him to death on June 23, 2010.

His execution has been stayed while he appeals his conviction.

Roberson was in the car with Thompson when the July 2008 shooting occured.

The night of the killing, Roberson allegedly lied to police and also allegedly tried to help Thompson get the handcuffs off Thompson's wrist while police were looking for him.

Robinson allegedly lied to police that he was there and also allegedly tampered with the gun he used to shoot and kill Miktarian.

Miktarian was 33 when he was shot. Holly Miktarian sat through Thompson's entire trial and did not speak until the sentencing day, when asked by Stormer if she had something to say.

WKYC-TV

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