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American woman found guilty of murder of Jamaican husband to get insurance money

Published:Friday | June 9, 2017 | 6:09 PM

A woman who hired a hitman to kill her Jamaican husband so that she could cash in on the US$900,000 life insurance policy she took out on him has been convicted of murder and other criminal charges in the United States (US), the New York Daily News has reported.

It took the jury less than three hours to find Alishia Noel-Murray, of Brooklyn, New York, guilty of murder, attempted murder and weapons possession in the death of her husband Omar Murray.

During the trial, Noel-Murray, 29, had denied any involvement in her husband's death.

She faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when she is sentenced on June 29.

Omar Murray's mother Eunice Henry reportedly clasped her hands in prayer and looked up to the heavens as the verdict was announced.

"She's a real monster," Henry told the newspaper in reference to her former  daughter-in-law.

"I'm ecstatic. I'm overwhelmed, but I'm still missing my son," she added.

According to prosecutors, Noel-Murray believed her husband was cheating and plotted with her lover, Dameon Lovell, to pay a hitman US$3,500 to kill him so that she could collect on three life insurance policies.

Lovell cooperated with prosecutors in exchange for a sentence of 15 years to life in prison, the newspaper reported.

Omar Murray was allegedly shot and killed by Kirk Portious inside the Brooklyn home he shared with his wife and son, who was 10 months old at the time.

Portious is on trial before a different  jury, which had not yet reached a verdict.

Lead prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Emily Dean told jurors, at the start of the trial, that Noel-Murray was having financial problems and that she and her husband were not getting along.

As a result, Dean said Noel-Murray took out three life insurance policies on her husband, including one for US$150,000 onlu a few months before his death on February 24, 2013.

She said in the months before that Noel-Murray twice tried to have him killed.

The first attempt, Dean said, came in October 2012 when Noel-Murray tried to poison her husband, who was saved by doctors.

The second attempt, the prosecutor said, came on February 6, 2013 when a friend of Lovell fired at Omar Murray and missed.

During the trial, Noel-Murray admitted that she and Lovell had sex inside her home while her husband and son were upstairs sleeping.