Melanie McGuire Convicted of Murder, Dismembering Her Husband
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Nurse Melanie McGuire was convicted today of murdering her husband, dismembering him and dumping his body in the Chesapeake Bay.
You can watch the verdict here.
It was an entirely circumstantial case. TalkLeft pal Joe Tacopina was lead counsel. He and co-counsel Stephen Turano challenged every piece of evidence. They tried a great case. But the jury convicted.
Her $1.2 million bail was revoked, she was taken into custody and now faces a mandatory minimum 30 year sentence -- and up to life.
"This is round one," Tacopina said. "Certainly she plans on fighting on." Tacopina said at least two possible points on appeal have already emerged. He said the defense was unaware before the trial began that McGuire's lover, physician Bradley Miller, had lied to a grand jury, which he said was a violation of rules of evidence.
In addition, he said the defense plans to raise questions about whether there was interference with the jury during the trial. On Friday, Judge DeVesa and the attorneys met privately with each juror to determine if they had been exposed to the extensive media coverage during the seven-week trial. "We know the jury had some contact to the outside world," Tacopina said of those meetings.
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