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Female prosecutor will try murder case

When Helen Ansley stands trial for killing her husband, she will be looking at a female prosecutor handling the case for the state.

Toombs Judicial Circuit District Attorney Dennis C. Sanders has announced that Rindi Harbeson has been assigned as the lead prosecutor in that case. Mrs. Harbeson has worked as an assistant district attorney within the six-county Toombs Judicial Circuit for the past several years.

"This will be her first murder case where she is actually the lead chair," Mr. Sanders said during a recent interview with The McDuffie Mirror .

Mrs. Ansley was expected to have been tried earlier this year, but the case was postponed.

A new trial date has not yet been set by Toombs Judicial Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge Roger W. Dunaway, Jr.

The defendant is accused of shooting to death her husband, 77-year-old Fred E. Ansley at the couple's home on White Oak Road, just on the outskirts of Thomson, on January 30, 2008.

Mrs. Ansley, who faces malice and felony murder charges, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, remains free under $100,000 bail.

The shooting reportedly stemmed from arguments the couple had been having on and off that day, authorities said.

Web posted on Thursday, June 03, 2010

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