A woman, who along with her husband told police they beat a man to death after fighting with him over a game of Monopoly, pleaded guilty Monday to his murder.
Cassie J. Robertson, 20, pleaded guilty to murder, a first-degree felony, for the beating death of Gerald B. Thomas in November. His bludgeoned body was found wrapped in a bloody blanket and lying in a bed at 435 E. South Temple, Apt. 28, on Nov, 8, 1991.A claw hammer with blood, hair and tissue on it was found close to the bed, according to court documents.
In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of theft from a person, a second-degree felony. Prosecutors also agreed to recommend that, should she agree to testify against her husband, Jerry Lee Robertson, she be sentenced as if the charge were manslaughter.
Third District Judge Michael Murphy will sentence her on April 13. A preliminary hearing for Jerry Robertson, 26, is scheduled for March 24. He, too, is charged with murder and theft from a person.
The Robertsons had apparently been living with Thomas, 56, and disappeared immediately after his death. Both apparently were with him on Nov. 2, 1991, when he cashed his Veterans Administration check for $594 and then got into an argument over a game of Monopoly, court documents state.
Thomas was repeatedly hit with a claw hammer as he slept, the documents further state. Money was taken from his pants.