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A blog post titled ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ written by a romance author accused of shooting her husband cannot be used as evidence against her, a US judge has heard.
Nancy Crampton-Brophy, 71, appeared in Portland court this week for the death of her husband of 21 years, Daniel Brophy. She pleaded not guilty.
The body of Mr Brophy, 63, was found in June 2018 at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he taught, authorities said.
Before jurors entered court on Monday, the judge ruled the blog post was old and had been written for a writing seminar.
Any value its inclusion might have during the trial was outweighed by the harm it might cause the jury, Portland-based NBC affiliate KGW reported.
In a statement in 2018, police said that based on “information learned during the investigation”, detectives “believe” the perpetrator is the suspect in Mr Brophy’s murder.
Court documents say there were no signs of force or struggle and Mr Brophy always had his phone, wallet and keys with him.
Shawn Overstreet, Multnomah County’s senior assistant prosecutor, told jurors that Crampton-Brophy was motivated by greed and the payment of an insurance policy totaling $1.4 million, the Portland Oregonian newspaper reported.
Crampton-Brophy has been in custody since his arrest in September 2018.
Mr. Brophy was the only person inside the culinary school at the time of his death. said the prosecutor. There were no security cameras, the prosecutor added.
Defense attorney Lisa Maxfield said the author and her finances both declined after her husband’s death, The Oregonian reported.
She added that her client had no reason to kill her husband and said the author had lost “a great listener, a wonderful lover, an accomplished leader and a true life partner”.
The trial is expected to last seven weeks.
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