Jul 7, 2011 9:15 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Lafayette woman's murder conviction overturned

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette woman accused of murdering her boyfriend will be freed from a two-year stint behind bars after an appeals court ruled the state did not adequately prove her motive.
Police arrested Mary Henderson Trahan in April 2009 after finding her live-in boyfriend, George Barbu of Lafayette, dead from a gunshot wound to his back.
A jury found Trahan guilty of second-degree murder in August 2010, and a judge sentenced her to life imprisonment.
On Wednesday, Louisiana's Third-Circuit Court of Appeal overturned both the jury's decision and the sentencing citing insufficient evidence for a second-degree murder verdict.
District Attorney Michael Harson told The Advertiser he will not ask the Court of Appeal to reconsider; instead, his office will file a writ asking the state's Supreme Court to overturn the decision.


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