Roberts was convicted in August 2008 for the 2006 murder of her ex-husband’s new wife – Martha Darlene Roberts; she is currently serving life without parole in connection with the slaying. Barbara Ann Roberts and Dr. Robert John Scheiss III were accused of binding and gagging the victim, after she was tricked into stopping for Scheiss – who pretended that his car had broken down on County Road 941.
After Darlene Roberts managed to free herself and ran across a nearby field, Scheiss chased her by car, while Barbara Ann Roberts – armed with a 12 gauge shotgun – went after her on foot. Darlene Roberts was reportedly killed by three shotgun blasts to the upper body.
Barbara Ann Roberts was convicted of firing the fatal shots – and was later sentenced to life without parole. Prior to going to trial Scheiss struck a plea deal with the District Attorney’s Office whereby he received a three year sentence for kidnapping; at that point, he had been in custody for more than two years and within months he was released.
Scheiss later took his own life while residing with his mother in Missouri; he had worked as a neurosurgeon in Conyers, Georgia prior to becoming involved in the Roberts case.
WEIS Radio News has learned Roberts is back in Cherokee County, in order to consult with her lawyer in a bid to seek post-conviction relief.
Centre attorney Kevin Grimes has been appointed to serve as her counsel.
[Information provided in part by The Post]