Woman shoots, kills ex-husband in the yard while children were inside

Mercedes Robb has been charged with a preliminary count of murder after she admits to fatally shooting her ex-husband in front of her home Thursday in Turtlecreek Township.
Mercedes Robb has been charged with a preliminary count of murder after she admits to fatally shooting her ex-husband in front of her home Thursday in Turtlecreek Township.

TURTLECREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) — The Warren County Sheriff’s Office identified the man killed in a shooting in Turtlecreek Township Thursday morning.

Jason Robb, 36 was shot and killed at a home on Oregonia Road. Deputies were called to the shooting at 6:30 a.m. Thursday. When they arrived they found Jason Robb, who lived in Lebanon, dead in the front yard.

Mercedes Robb (Photo: Warren County Jail)
Mercedes Robb (Photo: Warren County Jail)

Deputies say Jason Robb suffered “at least” two gun shot wounds, but it’s unclear where he was struck.

An autopsy is pending.

Lt. John Faine with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office says a woman called 911 to say she shot her ex-husband at a home in the 3100 block of Oregonia.

That woman, identified as 35-year-old Mercedes Robb, has been taken into custody and booked into the Warren County Jail and is being held on a preliminary charge of murder. Mercedes Robb is being interviewed by investigators while a Crime Scene Unit collects evidence at the scene of the shooting.

“She made it clear that she would not attempt CPR ” in the 9-1-1 call, Lt. Faine said. She also asked that when deputies responded, that they do not have their sirens and lights going, as it could disrupt, or awaken the children inside.

When deputies arrived on scene, “she did everything they asked her to, and she did not put up any kind of resistance or anything like that,” Lt. Faine said, adding that the gun, classified as a small-caliber handgun, was near Mercedes when deputies arrived, but that she distanced herself from it when asked to.

Deputies say Mercedes Robb did not have any signs of defensive wounds, and that this does not appear to be a case of self defense.

It’s unknown who owns the gun or its history, as of Thursday afternoon.

Jason Robb did not have a weapon, Lt. Faine said, adding that it appears that he may not have been at the house for long, as his car was still running in the driveway when deputies arrived. Lt. Faine said Jason never made it inside the front door to the house.

It was “routine” for Jason Robb to come to Mercedes Robb’s house in the morning to pick up the kids and take them to school, Lt. Faine said.

The children were shielded from the crime, Lt. Faine said. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office worked with Children’s Services to properly place the children in the care of their grandparents. They were reportedly sheilded from the scene in the front yard as they were removed from the house.

Lt. Faine says Turtlecreek Township is a close-knit community, where things like this rarely happen.

“I would say it would be unusual,” Lt. Faine said. “We don’t usually get this kind of call here.”

“It is a nice, rural neighborhood out here,” Lt. Faine said. “But, then again, it can take place anywhere, anytime, so when it does, we’re always prepared for it.”

The Warren County Sheriff confirms two children were inside the home at the time of the shooting. Children’s Services was called to the scene of the shooting.

This is Warren County’s third murder-related domestic violence call, Lt. Faine said.  There was a murder-suicide in July, a muder-suicide in September and the incident Thursday.

The Mercedes and Jason Robb are divorced and were in the process of a custody battle, Lt. Faine said, without disucssing circumstances of the case.

Mercedes Robb has been booked in Warren County Jail on one preliminary count of murder, but could face more charges as the investigation continues.

She is being held on a $500,000 bond. The court has entered a not guilty plea to the preliminary charge. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 10 to determine whether or not the case will be bound over to the grand jury.

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