PRINCETON — The Petersburg woman charged with murder in connection to the March 16, 2018, shooting death of Buckskin man Samuel Bethe appeared in Gibson County Superior Court Wednesday to change her plea.

Ashley Robling originally pleaded not guilty to the murder charge during a May 2018 progress hearing. Wednesday, Robling appeared with her attorneys Barry Blackard and Dennis Brinkmeyer, and reversed her original plea.

Court records show plea negotiations began early this year, and were still ongoing in April of this year, with COVID-19 regulations pushing back court dates.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. July 23.

Robling’s co-defendant, Jacob Wilson, is scheduled to stand trial in Gibson Circuit Court Aug. 17-25.

The two are accused of shooting Samuel Bethe, setting his trailer on fire and then stealing his truck and driving to Paducah, Kentucky, where they stole another vehicle. They were arrested in nearby Union County, Illinois after authorities found the stolen car wrecked and found them hiding near the vehicle, according to police reports.

Bethe’s body was found in his burning Buckskin mobile home in March 2018 by emergency responders. According to the affidavit of probable cause seeking charges against Robling and Wilson, an autopsy showed Bethe died of a gunshot wound to the head.

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