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A McDuffie County grand jury has returned a murder indictment against a 69-year-old Thomson woman who is accused of the January 30 shooting death of her husband.

Dozens of other suspects also were indicted on assorted criminal charges following nearly a day and a half of testimony before grand jurors on Monday and Tuesday, including two people indicted on child molestation charges.

In the murder case, Helen Irene Ansley was indicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to records filed in the office of McDuffie County Superior Court Clerk Connie Cheatham.

Ms. Ansley, who is free under $100,000 bail, is accused of having fatally shot Fred Engus Ansley, 77, at the couple's home at 826 White Oak Road. Mr. Ansley, who was retired from National Homes, the Inglett Company and the National Guard, was shot once in the chest, said McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall at the time of the slaying.

The body of Mr. Ansley was discovered lying on the living room floor when the first authorities arrived on the scene.

McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Major Ronnie Williamson said it had been reported that the couple had been arguing on and off all day prior to the shooting. It has never been revealed publicly what the couple actually was arguing about.

In unrelated cases, two persons were indicted on molestation charges. They were:

Othello Hamilton, III, who was indicted on one count of aggravated child molestation and one count of child molestation.

Another case involved Jose Jaun Torrez Mendez, who was indicted on one count of child molestation and one count of statutory rape, court records show.

Web posted on Thursday, June 12, 2008

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