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Woman Accused Of Murdering Ex Over Custody Dispute

By Law Office of Nicholas T. Exarhakis  Jan. 30, 2012 3:20p

Testimony Of Son Called Into Question After New Assault Allegations

During a heated dispute over their divorce, a woman shot and fatally wounded her ex-husband in Florida almost twenty years ago. The key witness to the crime, her son, testified that the shot was in self-defense, leading to her acquittal.

Recent events, however, have shone new light on this old case, after the woman was accused of shooting her son, now a thirty-year-old nightclub bouncer, again claiming to have been attacked. According to the police report, the mother allegedly fired on him with the same .357 Magnum pistol that took the life of his father in 1992. Medical professionals interviewed in connection with the case say the son will suffer from partial paralysis for the rest of his life.

The woman, now 64-years-old, is charged with attempted murder by prosecutors, who say they believe she was unjustly acquitted during the original trial. She is currently being held in a Los Vegas detention center after violating a court order to avoid contact with her wounded son, for which the judge has found her in contempt of court.

Woman Acquitted Of First Degree Murder Due To Child's Corroboration

On the night of the original shooting, the mother told police that her ex-husband had grabbed a knife during an argument and tried to attack her. Their marriage had a tumultuous history, with the husband serving then withdrawing divorce papers twice before finally ending the marriage once and for all in 1988. Over the course of the next four years, the two battled over custody of their two sons as well as alimony payment.

On the night of February 7th, 1992, the father came to the Palm Beach house to pick up his sons. He had just won a motion to require the mother to take a psychological evaluation, alleging that she displayed unstable behavior. The two began a heated argument that devolved into a shouting match. Neighbors soon heard three gunshots from the house.

Investigators found several inconsistencies with the mother's story, but during the trial her son's testimony backed up her side of the incident. She was found not guilty, and the family eventually moved to Las Vegas.

If the son does choose to alter his story of that night, as prosecutors hope, it could call her acquittal into question. So far, he has refused to speak to police, and investigators are not sure he will choose to implicate her.

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