Suspect in Kraft plant killings held for trial

December 7, 2010 11:06:35 AM PST
The woman charged with opening fire at the Kraft Foods plant in Northeast Philadelphia, killing two co-workers, was ordered held for trial on Tuesday.

Yvonne Hiller, 43, is charged with two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault and related charges.

The ruling comes after the hearing in which a homicide detective read a statement Hiller gave police after her arrest following the September 9th shootings in Northeast Philadelphia.

According to the statement, Hiller thought she was being pranked by co-workers. She told police she thought co-workers had been spraying her with deer urine.

Investigators say Hiller had gotten into an argument that night with her co-workers. After she was disciplined, police say she went to her vehicle, made several phone calls, and then grabbed a .357 Magnum and used it to force her way past security guards at the front gate.

About 100 people were at work at the plant, which makes Nabisco cookies and crackers.

Hiller allegedly walked to the third-floor mixing area and found four people in the break room. She had no quarrels with one woman and told her to leave. She then opened fire on the others, police said.

Police identified the victims as Tanya Renee Wilson, 47; LaTonya Sharon Brown, 36; and Bryant A. Dalton, 39, all of Philadelphia. Wilson and Brown died at the plant.

After leaving the break room, Hiller went down a hallway and fired shots at the supervisor who had suspended her and at a mechanic who was using a walkie-talkie to alert police and co-workers to her whereabouts, police said. She missed both.

Hiller finally went to a second-floor office and called police to tell them what she had done, authorities said. Seven other workers were hiding in a closet nearby.

She had a permit to carry the gun, authorities said.

Hiller has worked for Kraft for about 15 years, and had been in repeated arguments there in the past several years, a few of them physical, police said.


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