A Republic man charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for allegedly killing his ex-wife will stand trial for her death.

Lawrence County Prosecutor Robert "Bob" George says that attorneys for Robert Duda, Sr., 60, waived his preliminary hearing this afternoon (05-28-09) in Lawrence County.

A neighbor of 59 year-old Kathy Duda's called Marionville police on March 12th when they witnessed Robert Duda chase his wife around the front lawn of her home with a knife and repeatedly stab her. Witnesses say that as Kathy Duda lay dying Robert Duda turned the knife on himself, slashing his writs and stabbing himself before running back into the century year-old house.

When cops made entry into the house they found a bleeding Robert Duda lying on his former wife of forty years kitchen floor. Court documents show that the only signs of struggle in the house was the blood in the kitchen and a broken window on one of the home's doors.


Duda,who is also charged with burglary in the case, was unable to make his original preliminary hearing date because he was still hospitalized from his self inflicted wounds in April.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in circuit court on June 8th.

On Memorial Day Kathy Duda's house went up for auction but failed to bring in the required minimum of $100,000 in order for it to sell.

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