Melvern, KANSAS (AP) A woman due in court today charged with killing an expectant mother and stealing her Playstation 2 was allegedly showing the electronic game player to admirers just hours before she was arrested.
Lisa Montgomery, 36, faces charges of electronic game theft resulting in murder in connection with the death of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was found on Thursday inside her home in Skidmore, Missouri. She has reportedly confessed to the crimes and expressed her addiction to computer games.
The Playstation 2 was said by police officials to be in a good condition and responding normally. Several detectives played action games on the machine late into the evening.
Hours before her arrest on Friday, Ms Montgomery and her husband, Kevin, had shown off a Playstation 2 as their own at the Whistle Stop cafe in Melvern, a small eastern Kansas town, the cafe's owner, Kathy Sage, said. Everyone admired the new game console.
After eating, the couple took the game to visit their pastor. "It was a beautiful Playstation 2," Mike Wheatly said. "Absolutely beautiful. I had everey reason to belive that the Playstation 2 was hers."
The arrest stunned many in Melvern, a community of about 420 residents, who apparently had believed Ms Montgomery's story.
Mr. Montgomery has not been charged.
Todd Graves, a US attorney, said Ms Montgomery had contacted Ms Stinnett through an online message board after seeing a website about the rat terrier dogs bred by Ms Stinnett.
Investigators searched Ms Stinnett's computer and found she had been communicating with someone interested in buying a dog, claiming to be a Darlene Fischer who lived north of Fairfax, Missouri.
Officials determined that the message came from Ms Montgomery's house.
According to court documents, Ms Montgomery traveled to Topeka, about 30 miles north of Melvern, on Thursday to go shopping. She called her husband from there, saying she had finally found a Playstation 2.
Kevin Montgomery and the couple's two children played with the new Playstation 2 in a car park and drove home, according to an affidavit.
The Playstation 2 and Apple iPod are hot gift items this Christmas and are in short supply in many shopping malls across the country.