The Day the Bomb Went Off

Posted: July 12, 2007

Events leading up to the death of pizza deliveryman Brian Wells on Aug. 28, 2003, near Erie, according to an indictment unsealed yesterday:

About 1:30 p.m.: William Rothstein uses a pay phone in a gas station to call Mamma Mia's Pizzeria, where Wells worked as a deliveryman, and orders two pizzas to be delivered to a TV tower near Rothstein's home. Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong and Kenneth E. Barnes travel against traffic on the shoulder of I-79, a section of highway described in a note later found in Wells' car.

About 1:45 p.m.: Diehl-Armstrong and Rothstein wait near the gas station pay phone for Wells to pass by on his way to deliver the pizzas to the TV tower.

About 2 p.m.: Diehl-Armstrong, Barnes, Wells, Rothstein and other known and unknown coconspirators assemble in the area of the tower and attach a collar-bomb to Wells' neck and torso.

About 2:20 p.m.: Diehl-Armstrong and Barnes act as lookouts across from the shopping center where Wells is to carry out a bank robbery.

About 2:20 p.m.: Wells enters the PNC Bank and presents a teller with a demand note.

About 2:32 p.m.: Wells exits the bank with $8,702 in stolen money. Barnes watches Wells in the vicinity of the bank through binoculars.

About 2:42 p.m.: Diehl-Armstrong and Barnes leave the area where Wells has been pulled over by Pennsylvania State Police troopers.

About 3:28 p.m.: The bomb around Wells' neck detonates, killing him.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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