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New York woman convicted of hiring hitman to kill Jamaica-born husband

Published:Thursday | June 15, 2017 | 6:09 PM

A Caribbean American ex-registered nurse in Brooklyn, New York has been convicted of hiring a hitman to murder her Jamaica-born husband in 2013 after two failed attempts at the victim’s life.

The gunman was also convicted of murder.

Yesterday, it took a jury less than three hours to convict 29-year-old Alishia Noel-Murray, for having her husband, 37-year-old Omar Murray, killed to cash in on nearly US$900,000 in life insurance claims.

Jurors found Noel-Murray guilty of murder, attempted murder and weapon possession in the February 23, 2013 assassination of her husband.

Prosecutors said Noel-Murray plotted with her lover, Dameon Lovell, to hire a hitman for US$3,500 to kill Murray, so she could collect on three life insurance policies.

Lovell co-operated with prosecutors in exchange for 15 years to life in prison.

It said the assailant, 29-year-old Kirk Portious, murdered Murray in their Lott Avenue, Brownsville, Brooklyn home.

Noel-Murray was convicted of first-degree murder following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog, and Portious was convicted by a separate jury of first-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Each defendant faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole when they’re sentenced on June 29.