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Tue January 17, 2006
Old Murder Trial to Proceed
Lararmie, Wy – The U-S Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a Wyoming woman charged with the 1977 shooting death of her husband.
The decision came down today. It means Rita Ann Humphrey's murder trial will proceed. It's scheduled to begin in March in Casper.
Humphrey had contended that her constitutional right to a speedy
trial would be violated if she was put on trial for the killing.
Humphrey was first arrested in connection with the death of her husband in 1980, nearly three years after the 30-year-old man was found dead from a gunshot wound at the couple's Evansville home.
The state case against Humphrey was first dismissed in 1980 but she was charged with murder again in 2004 after Evansville Police presented new evidence to the Natrona County District Attorney's Office.
A District Court judge dismissed the new case against Humphrey in late 2004, but the Wyoming Supreme Court reversed that decision in October.