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Monday, September 29, 2014

Man Could Go To Prison For Death of Wife 20 Years Ago
Murder is the most serious offense you can be accused of.  For some people, being suspected of murder can go on for many years.  That is what happened in a recent Orange County criminal case.

Paul Curry met his future wife, Linda, while they both worked at the San Onofre Nuclear Plant in 1989.  Paul was an engineer and chemist at the plant.  The pair married approximately three years later when Linda was 48 and Paul was 35.  Linda had been chronically ill for years before meeting Paul.  Linda had taken out considerable life insurance policies and unbeknownst to Paul, made her sister the beneficiary.  The couple lived together in San Clemente, California until 1994, when Linda died.  Soon after her death, Paul tried to collect on the life insurance policies but was denied because Linda’s sister was named to inherit.  Paul fought to collect Linda’s life insurance and ended up receiving over $500,000 in proceeds.  

Linda died from an overdose of nicotine and law enforcement always suspected that Paul was responsible in some way.  They did not have enough evidence to prosecute him in 1994 but reopened the case in 2007 when new evidence surfaced.  Paul was arrested and his case went to trial earlier this year. Prosecutors alleged that Paul injected Linda with a lethal dose of nicotine with the intent to kill her and painted him as a cold-hearted killer. According to Paul’s defense counsel, Linda was ill for many years and wanted to get better so she sometimes turned to unusual or rare medical treatments.  One of these unusual medical treatments involved high doses of nicotine.  The defense is arguing that this type of treatment is what led to her nicotine poisoning.  As closing arguments have been completed in the proceedings, the case is now in the jury’s hands. Strikingly, Paul could face a harsh prison sentence for a death that occurred 20 years ago.

If you were suspected of a crime, you might think you are in the clear when you are no longer being pursued by the police.  But, investigations can go on for years, even decades, and if you are a suspect, you can remain one for that period of time.  By retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney at the outset of an investigation, you increase your chances of obtaining a favorable result.  Call Orange County, CA attorney Mark Raymond McDonald at (888)-686-7874 for a consultation today.
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