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Fri April 14, 2006
Woman Convicted of Old Murder Appealing Conviction
Laramie, Wy – An Evansville woman who was recently
convicted of murdering her husband more than 28 years ago is seeking either acquittal or a new trial.
Rita Humphrey's attorney, Michael Krampner, says certain witnesses during the trial "blurted out" improper answers to questioning. Krampner also claims that witnesses testified on subjects about which they had no personal knowledge.
Prosecutors dismiss those claims, saying that Krampner's cross-examination was "sarcastic and aggressive."
Humphrey had been charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of Jack Humphrey, whose body was found in the couple's home in 1977.
A first-degree murder charge against Humphrey was dismissed in 1980. The charge was refiled in 2004 and a jury found Humphrey guilty of second-degree murder on March 24.