Bail Denied Pa. Woman Accused Of Killing FBI Agent

A judge denied bail on Thursday for a woman accused of killing an FBI agent during a drug raid that led to her husband's arrest on cocaine-dealing charges.

Christina Korbe, 40, was arraigned early Thursday on a homicide charge in the shooting death of Special Agent Sam Hicks on Wednesday.

Korbe told investigators that she thought her home was being burglarized and that she was shooting at an intruder.

Hicks, 33, had been an FBI agent for just 20 months but was considered a rising star and had been accepted to an elite training program for terrorism intelligence. He was also the father of a 2-year-old son.

Hicks and other law enforcement officers went to Korbe's home to serve a warrant on her husband, Robert, as part of a drug sweep.

Christina Korbe called 911 during the raid and said her house was being robbed and that she had fired at a burglar. She was arrested while still on the phone with an emergency dispatcher.

She later told investigators that she never heard police announce themselves, according to a criminal complaint.

The Allegheny County Police Department, which filed the homicide charge and participated in the raid with the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration, said the team that went to the home to arrest Korbe's husband knocked on the door around 6 a.m. and shouted "police!" several times.

Hicks was shot almost as soon as he entered, shouting "I'm hit!" before falling to the ground, police said. He was wearing a bulletproof vest, but was wounded just above it, authorities said.

Christina Korbe was with her 10-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son when agents arrived and may have feared for their safety, said Sumner Parker, the couple's attorney.

Robert Korbe knew police were at his door, according to a police affidavit. He told investigators that, when he heard and saw agents pounding on his front door, he ran to the basement to retrieve some cocaine and pour it down a drain, according to the criminal complaint.

Parker, who also represents Robert Korbe, said he can't explain why the husband appeared to realize police were raiding his home when his wife didn't.

Robert Korbe, 39, was one of 35 people charged Wednesday in the 27-count indictment that accuses the defendants of conspiring to traffic cocaine and crack from October 2007 through September. Christina Korbe was not named in the indictment.

FBI Director Robert Mueller III was in Pittsburgh on Thursday to meet privately with Hicks' family and colleagues.


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  • by Sister Blue Location: SH on Nov 23, 2008 at 12:39 PM
    ???- So I guess the cops should call these people 1st and be like "Hey.. We are coming to your house in about a half hour to retrieve any illegal substances that you may have. That cool?". Uh no! You have to have the element of surprise to beat these crooks! Its dangerous, and yes, its certainly a thank-less job. You have to be gungHo to do that kind of thing. It's a passion. Thats what seperates that job from so many others out there. Perhaps you couldn't understand. I'm going to agree with brother blue on this one..
  • by Me Location: Lewiston, NC on Nov 21, 2008 at 02:51 PM
    What would you do in fear that someone was breaking into your home. With or without drug involvement.
  • by NC LEO Location: NC on Nov 21, 2008 at 02:17 PM
    Poster ??? seems to miss the point. SWAT is used as is forceful entry when there is information to support that weapons may be in the house...I hope we can agree that there was a weapon in the house. Glad the judge is smart enough not to give this woman bail either. To the family of the agent, you are in my prayers. This comments show what a thankless job it is.
  • by Brother Blue Location: G-ville on Nov 21, 2008 at 06:44 AM
    Is it a "War on Drugs" or a "Betty Crocker Meeting". Its against the law to posses any amount of cocaine...I hope the wife claims to nothing of the scum husbands dealing, who ran to flush the dope. Sounds like she was trying to delay the lawful search warrant and its wasn't in the middle of the night...5-6am BTW. My personal feelings are to strong to post here on the War on Drugs.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Nov 21, 2008 at 05:25 AM
    Well, from what I have seen on TV, when the police come in the middle of the night and bust your door in at the same time they are supposedly announcing that they are police, what do you expect someone to think? The police are so GungHo to get some drugs while doing a raid, that they will not knock and give someone the chance to open the door.It is ridiculous to use the SWAT team for a drug raid on someone with no history of violence.So what if a little dope gets flushed. Thats better than someone getting killed when it could have been avoided.Who is to say that this female didnt have her TV on and didnt hear the police make an announcement.And if someone is busting your door in , what do they expect you to do?I guarantee you,if you go to any cops house while thay are at home off duty and kick the door in, they would shoot at you.
  • by Geesh Location: NC on Nov 21, 2008 at 04:09 AM
    If someone kills someone I would not give bail either!! Good for the judge!
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