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Ansley murder trial to begin Tuesday

The murder trial of a Thomson woman accused in the January 2008 fatal shooting of her 77-year-old husband is expected to begin in McDuffie County Superior Court on Tuesday, The McDuffie Mirror has learned.

Jury selection is slated to begin in the case of Georgia vs. Helen Irene Ansley, shortly after Toombs Judicial Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge Roger W. Dunaway, Jr., opens court that morning.

Mrs. Ansley, now 70 and who has been free under $100,000 bond for the past several months, is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to court records.

The charges stem from the defendant reportedly shooting her husband, Fred Engus Ansley, to death inside the couple's home on Whiteoak Road, just outside the city limits of Thomson on Jan. 30, 2008.

Mr. Ansley, was shot once with a small caliber handgun, according to Major Ronnie Williamson of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department. His body was found lying on the living room floor when authorities arrived.

The shooting, authorities say, was as the result of an on-again, off-again argument between the couple that day. Authorities said Mr. and Mrs. Ansley had both been drinking alcoholic beverages at the time.

Mrs. Ansley was taken into custody at the scene and later charged with her husband's murder.

A four-count felony indictment later was returned against her by a county grand jury.

Mrs. Ansley will be represented by Toombs Judicial Circuit Public Defender Harold Wallace. Rindi Harbeson, who is an assistant district attorney, will prosecute the case.

Web posted on Thursday, August 26, 2010

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