Van Wert Woman Admits To Mother's Murder

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

Credit: Van Wert County, Ohio, Jail

Tamara Menke, 48, of Ohio City, Ohio

May 5, 2014 Updated May 5, 2014 at 8:35 PM EDT

VAN WERT, Ohio (21Alive) - A Van Wert County woman admitted Friday to shooting her mother to death.

Tamara Menke, 48, of Ohio City, Ohio, pleaded guilty to murder and felonious assault in Van Wert County Court.

Investigators say Menke shot her mother, Barbara Robinson, and her father, John Robinson, on Nov. 14.

Court documents say Menke's brother committed suicide Nov. 13, and Menke blamed her parents for her brother's death.

Menke's attorneys reportedly wanted to enter a not guilty by reason of insanity plea, but mental health experts deemed her competent to stand accused; at which time, she accepted a plea deal.

Menke is scheduled to be sentenced May 16.

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