Sunday 20 August 2017

Woman accused of plotting husband's murder for life insurance payout 'took out policy for new spouse', court hears

Alishia Noel-Murray and her late husband Omar on their wedding day
Alishia Noel-Murray and her late husband Omar on their wedding day

Kathy Armstrong

A woman accused of plotting her husband's murder for the life insurance payout remarried and took a policy out for her new partner.

Alishia Noel-Murray (29) is on trial at Brooklyn Supreme Court over her alleged involvement in the fatal shooting of her first husband Omar Murray in their New York home in September 2014.

After his death she would have pocketed up to $900,000 (€800,000) from his three life insurance policies, which the prosecution claim she needed to clear her debts.

Her ex Dameon Lovell (33) claimed that he set up a deal for Kirk Portious to kill Mr Murray for $3500 (€3100).

Assistant District Attorney Emily Dean asked Ms Noel-Murray: "You remarried in September 2014, correct?"

She then asked her: "Did you take out any insurance policies on him (your new husband)?"

Ms Noel-Murray confirmed she did take out life insurance for her new husband but denied any involvement in Mr Murray's murder.

She told the court she was angry with him for "cheating on her with prostitutes and having a child with another woman months before they got married."

She also claimed she heard Mr Murray chatting to someone moments before he was killed.

She said: "I couldn’t make out what he was saying. Right after that I hear three pops… Almost like someone put a balloon under shirt and popped it.

"After that I called him on his phone. I look outside and see jeep outside. I called him on his phone and he didn’t answer. I called again and he didn't answer so I called 911.

"I locked the bedroom door. I was scared. I was very scared."

If convicted, Noel-Murray faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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