UPDATE: Murder Trial Keeping Many on the Edge of Their Seat

It's a Morgantown murder case playing out in a Kanawha County courtroom and being watched like a made for TV movie.

Tuesday, the woman accused of drugging her husband and then setting fire to kill him, took the stand.

The defendant, Michelle Michael, was grilled and was insistent that she had nothing to do with the death of her husband.
Even though she admitted to lying to prosecutors more than 100 times, the state believes she wanted a new man and insurance money.

Michelle Michael admits her tangled web of lies began with an affair, with the man was her husband, Jimmy's coworker.

Prosecutors said Michelle Michael, a nurse, poisoned her husband, and then set their home in Morgantown on fire to cover the crime.

The defense painted a picture of a man who had a lot on his plate with a nagging wife, an argumentative ex wife and trouble at work.

At some point he received info from his patients that someone was calling them and telling them Jimmy was not ethical in his practices as a respiratory therapist.

Perhaps painting a picture that just because she cheated and lied, doesn't necessarily add up to murder

Michelle also told the jury they had no money problems and a good marriage.

She also said that she planned to tell her husband about her affair, but of course he died before that happened.

This case is being tried in Kanawha County because of the pretrial publicity in Morgantown.


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