American woman who plotted murder of Ja husband convicted
Woman found guilty of plotting murder of husband
An American woman who hired a hitman to kill her Jamaican husband so she could cash in on US$900,000 worth of life insurance policies that she had taken out on him, has been convicted of murder and other related charges in the United States, media report in that country have indicated.
After less than three hours of deliberation, a jury found Alishia Noel-Murray guilty of murder, attempted murder and weapons possession charges in relation to the death of her husband, Omar Murray.
At the trial, Noel-Murray, 29, who resided in Brooklyn, New York, denied any involvement in her husband's death.
Now she faces life in prison without the possibility of parole at a sentencing hearing scheduled for June 29.
The deceased man's mother, Eunice Henry, is report to have clasped her hands in prayer and looked up to the heavens as the verdict was announced.
"She's a real monster," Henry told one the Daily News after the conviction of her former daughter-in-law.
"I'm ecstatic. I'm overwhelmed, but I'm still missing my son," she elaborated.
Evidence was led that Noel-Murray believed her husband was cheating, and plotted with her lover, Dameon Lovell, to pay a hitman US$3,500 to kill him so she could collect on three life insurance policies.
The Daily News reported that Lovell co-operated with prosecutors in exchange for a sentence of 15 years to life in prison for his role in the plot.
Omar Murray was allegedly shot and killed by Kirk Portious inside the Brooklyn home he shared with his wife and son, who was 10 months old at the time of the murder.
Portious is on trial before a different jury, which has not yet reached a verdict on his case.
At the start of the Noel-Murray trial, lead prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Emily Dean, told the jurors that the accused woman was having financial problems, and was not getting along with her husband.
Dean said Noel-Murray took out three life insurance policies on her husband, including one for US$150,000 only a few months before his death on February 24, 2013.
She said in the months before that, Noel-Murray twice tried to have her husband killed.
Dean said the first attempt was in October 2012, when Noel-Murray tried to poison her husband, who was saved by doctors.
The prosecutor said the second attempt was on February 6, 2013, when a friend of Lovell fired shots at Omar Murray and missed.
During the trial, Noel-Murray admitted that she and Lovell had sex inside her home while her husband and son were sleeping upstairs.