A Portland jury has convicted a self-published novelist – who once wrote an essay called ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ – of fatally shooting her husband four years ago.
The jury of seven women and five men found Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, guilty of second-degree murder on Wednesday after deliberating for two days over the death of Chief Daniel Brophy, KOIN-TV reported.
Brophy, 63, was killed June 2, 2018 while preparing to work at the Oregon Culinary Institute in southwest Portland.
Crampton Brophy showed no visible reaction Wednesday in the crowded Multnomah County courtroom.
Lisa Maxfield, one of Crampton Brophy’s attorneys, said the defense team planned to appeal.
Prosecutors told jurors that Crampton Brophy was motivated by money issues and a life insurance policy.
However, Crampton Brophy testified during the trial that she had no reason to kill her husband and that their financial troubles were largely resolved by cashing in part of Brophy’s retirement savings plan.
She had the same make and model of firearm used to kill her husband and was seen on CCTV footage driving to and from the culinary institute, court exhibits and court testimony were shown.
The police never found the gun that killed Brophy. Prosecutors alleged that Crampton Brophy swapped the barrel of the gun used in the shooting and then discarded the barrel.
Defense attorneys said the gun parts were inspiration for Crampton Brophy’s writing and suggested someone else could have killed Brophy during a robbery that went wrong turned. Crampton Brophy testified during the trial that her presence near the culinary school on the day of her husband’s death was just a coincidence and that she had parked in the neighborhood to work on her writing.
Crampton Brophy’s treatise how-two detailed various options for committing untraceable murder and professed a desire to avoid getting caught. Circuit Judge Christopher Ramras ultimately excluded the essay from the trial, noting that it was published in 2011. A prosecutor, however, alluded to the essay’s themes without naming it after Crampton Brophy spoke .
Crampton Brophy has remained in custody since her arrest in September 2018, several months after her husband was shot. His sentencing is scheduled for June 13.