A Texas woman will likely plead guilty to the murder of three people. She was charged with capital murder due to the alleged part she played in helping her husband murder a Texas assistant district attorney, a Texas district attorney and the district attorney's wife. The shooting deaths occurred on Jan. 31, 2013, and March 30, 2013.
The assistant attorney was murdered first, in January, outside the county courthouse in Kaufman, Texas. The district attorney and his wife were killed second, in March, in their home.
A lead prosecutor on the case announced that the woman plans to enter her guilty plea this Tuesday at 9 a.m. after the prosecution and the defense arrived at a tentative plea bargain agreement. The prosecutor said the agreement was only tentative at this point and had not been finalized.
Husband Already Sentenced to Death
Earlier in December, a jury convicted the woman's husband of murdering the wife of the district attorney, and he received the death penalty. He still faces additional murder charges relating to the two prosecutors. According to trial testimony, the woman's husband was formerly employed as a judge in Kaufman County, Texas -- an area about 30 minutes outside of Dallas. According to the testimony, he murdered the individuals in retaliation for being charged with and prosecuted on theft allegations.
The woman testified against the husband during his sentencing proceedings. She said that she was present during the shootings, but her husband was the one who pulled the trigger. During her testimony, she provided details about the murders and how her husband planned them in advance.
Defense Strategy in the Face of Strong Evidence
The defense of this woman's case has been handled in a way that seeks to minimize her potential punishments. In order to achieve this goal, the woman's defense council may be trying to illuminate her involvement and guilt as a silent accomplice who was present during the murders and turned the other cheek, rather than as a person who directly committed the heinous act. A jury and court may be more lenient when it comes to sentencing her if they see her in this light. Further, plea bargaining arrangements will also be geared toward reducing her end punishments.
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