A man who was charged with fatally shooting a recent high school graduate several weeks ago in Pennsylvania waived his court hearing on Thursday, Aug. 17, it was reported. It means his case can now go to trial.
David Desper was charged in the killing of Bianca Roberson, 18, as the two were attempting to merge onto the highway on June 28, officials have said.
Then, Desper shot her in the head and her car ran off the road and into a ditch, hitting a tree.
Desper, 28, fled the scene and turned himself in a few days later via an attorney, court documents said.
“They jockeyed for position, and he wasn’t happy, so he pulled out a gun and shot Bianca in the head, killing her instantly,” Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said, CBS News reported.
He will be formally arraigned in Chester County on Aug. 24.
On Thursday, Roberson’s friends and family appeared outside a courthouse.
“It’s overwhelming how much love and support we have from everybody, it kind of helps a little bit to ease the pain. We just want justice for our daughter, that’s all,” Bianca Roberson’s father Rodney Roberson told CBS Philadelphia.
“All this means is that we agree that this case can move to the Court of Common Pleas,” said Daniel McGarrigle, Desper’s attorney, according to Philly.com. “This is a tragic case. No doubt about it,” McGarrigle said. “My heart goes out to the family.”
Bianca’s father noted that he doesn’t care how the case proceeds through court.
“You know, I just want justice for my daughter,” Roberson said. “I want what’s due to him for what he did to my daughter.”
“He took something away from us,” Roberson said on NBC Philadelphia. “We need to have justice on some other things. We need to take some things from him, make some things painful for him. It’s not about money. We’re just trying to do whatever it is we can to get back at him.”
Bianca Roberson was set to attend Jacksonville University in Florida this fall and wanted to study criminal justice.