Criminal Justice

Jury Deadlocks in Murder Trial of Lawyer's Widow; She Says He Shot Himself in His Law Office

A Kentucky jury deadlocked Wednesday in the murder trial of a lawyer’s widow accused of shooting him to death in his London law office last year.

Larry and Lisa Gilliam had been married just 44 days on Jan. 7, 2011. The prosecution in the Laurel Circuit Court case contended that she killed her husband before making a frantic 911 call that day, elicited testimony about inconsistencies in her statements to different police officers at different times, and said the gun was found in her desk. The defense said the 59-year-old attorney, beset by financial problems, had committed suicide, and, in a cross-examination, brought out the fact that a police officer, while questioning Lisa Gilliam, had incorrectly told her that two shots were fired, according to the Associated Press, the News Journal and the Times Tribune.

Her lawyers said they were disappointed the jury didn’t acquit her, but noted she has consistently said from the beginning that she is innocent and said they will work to improve their presentation to persuade the jury of this at her next trial, reports WYMT.

Prosecutors weren’t available to comment, the station says.

Earlier coverage: “On Trial for Murder, Lawyer’s Widow Says He Shot Himself to Death in His Law Office”

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