An American author—who once wrote an essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband”—was convicted by a jury in Portland on Wednesday of fatally shooting her husband four years ago.
The jury of seven women and five men found Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, guilty of second-degree murder on Wednesday after deliberating over two days in chef Daniel Brophy’s death, KOIN-TV reported.
Brophy, 63, was killed on June 2, 2018, as he prepped for work at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Southwest Portland.
Crampton Brophy was arrested in September 2018 and has been in custody since with the murder trial having begun in April.
“How to Murder Your Husband” author denied the charge
The 71-year-old had denied the charge and insisted security camera footage that put her at the scene of the crime showed her scouting for inspiration for her upcoming novel although she said she had “no memory” of being there.
She also claimed a missing gun, which police believe was the murder weapon, had been bought as part of research for the novel. Crampton Brophy denied that multiple life assurance policies worth $1.4 million that she stood to gain in the event of her husband’s demise were a motive for murder.
Investigators said the barrel from the handgun used in the killing was purchased on eBay and, although Crampton Brophy admitted to buying a pistol, she said it was for her husband to protect himself when he went mushroom hunting in the woods.
She added that the missing barrel from the gun was purchased as part of research for an unfinished novel.
Crampton Brophy’s lawyers said they would appeal the second-degree murder conviction, The Oregonian newspaper reported.
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