published Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Trial delayed again for woman charged with killing husband

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The trial for a Whitfield County woman accused of shooting her husband in the head as he slept was postponed again this week.

Police charged Rita Spurgeon, 50, with murder last June after her husband, Audie, was found dead in his bed.

The trial, originally scheduled in February, was reset to begin this week, but Conasauga Judicial Circuit District Attorney Kermit McManus asked to delay it one more time.

McManus said he was ready to proceed until he received an extensive witness list from Public Defender Mike McCarthy last week and didn’t have time to prepare.

The trial is now scheduled for Sept. 26.

Rita Spurgeon first told investigators that an intruder had broken into the couple’s home at 335 Maple Grove Road, shot her husband, then fled. Authorities said she later admitted to pulling the trigger after further questioning.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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