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Reston murder trial begins

By Tom Jackman
Tom Jackman

A man who fatally shot his girlfriend in the head inside his Reston apartment last year went on trial for murder Monday in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Karen Deck, 42, was found dead Oct. 24, 2009, inside the apartment of Ronald L. Robertson Jr., 46, who lived on Winterthur Lane in the Hunters Woods section of Reston. Fairfax Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Kelly Pearson said Monday that Robertson did not call police on the day he shot Deck, and only after he called his parents seeking help the next day did they notify the authorities.

Robertson and Deck, who lived on Inlet Court in the Lake Anne area, were a longtime couple who hung out together every day in Robertson's apartment, Deputy Fairfax Public Defender Dawn M. Butorac said. Robertson was an alcoholic who had not left the apartment for several years, Butorac said, and relied on Deck to bring him food and liquor.

Butorac said that on Oct. 23, 2009, Robertson had removed the magazine from a 9mm pistol and was attempting to slide the barrel out of the ready position when the gun, with a round in the chamber, accidentally went off.

The trial, before Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Robert J. Smith, is expected to last about three days.

By Tom Jackman  | November 15, 2010; 5:33 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax, Homicide, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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9mm pistols can be tricky and the barrels can sure be kinda slippery. Set Ronnie Robertson free immediately. He and Butorac need to sue the gun maker, hopefully they will collect a generous out of court settlement. Then he can hire a new person to bring liquor, Chee-tos, mixers and the occasional pot pie. then and only then might he be able to feel a sense of closure.

Posted by: comchay999 | November 18, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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