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Ansley murder case expected to go to trial next week

A woman accused of shooting to death her husband earlier this year is expected to stand trial on murder and other charges in McDuffie County Superior Court next week.

Helen Ansley is accused of both malice and felony murder in connection with the slaying of her 77-year-old husband at the couple's home off White Oak Road near Thomson on Feb. 2. Mrs. Ansley also is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, court records show.

Mrs. Ansley, 70, who currently is free on $100,000 bail, is expected to stand trial on those charges next week. As of Tuesday, it still wasn't known exactly what day next week her case might be called according to the trial docket.

During a recent pre-trial calendar hearing before Toombs Judicial Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge Roger W. Dunaway Jr., Mrs. Ansley pleaded not guilty to each of the charges she faces. The defendant is represented by Harold Wallace, who serves as public defender of the six-county Toombs Judicial Circuit. In the most recent hearing, the prosecution was represented by Assistant District Attorney Durwood Davis. Mr. Davis along with District Attorney Dennis C. Sanders is expected to jointly prosecute Mrs. Ansley when the case is tried.

Mr. Ansley, who was retired from the National Guard, National Homes and the Inglett Company, was shot once in the chest with a .22-caliber handgun, according to McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall. He was pronounced dead at 6:40 p.m. on Feb. 2 by McDuffie County Coroner Rhusha Mack.

Web posted on Thursday, September 11, 2008

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