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 is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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