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Shiawassee County Wife Accused Of Killing Husband To Stand Trial


SHIAWASSEE COUNTY (WLNS) – A Shiawassee County wife accused of killing her husband in February 2012 will stand trial. On Wednesday, a district court judge arraigned Melinda Watkins on second degree murder and felony firearm charges, and advanced her case to circuit court.

Prosecutors did not originally charge Watkins with the murder in 2012 because it appeared to be a case of self-defense, but after a new prosecutor took office in January, the case was re-opened and Watkins was charged in connection with her husband's death.

"I believe this was an intentional act. I believe she intended to kill her husband," says Shiawassee County Prosecutor Deana Finnegan. "We had some new testing done, and some new evidence came forward from the state police, some other evidence we had gotten from probate court records…so based on those things, we made the decision to charge it."

On Wednesday, ten witnesses testified in the preliminary hearing. At the end of testimony, Judge Ward Clarkson was convinced there was enough evidence to send the case to trial. An attorney for Watkins maintains his client's innocence, but declined to make further comment about the case.

Watkins will reappear in court on July 12. She remains free on bond.  

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