Trial begins for Prescott woman charged with husband's death

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The trial is underway for a Prescott woman charged with suffocating her husband, who had a degenerative neuromuscular disease.

The Prescott Daily Courier reports ( the jury for 50-year-old Cynthia Jane Mueller's trial was selected Wednesday and prosecution's opening arguments started late in the afternoon.

Since her arrest in April 2013, Mueller has denied any involvement in the death of her husband, 52-year-old David Mueller. Police say the man had ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and died in November 2012 under his wife's care.

A Nevada man pleaded guilty in December of last year to second-degree murder, telling investigators that he helped Mueller hold a plastic bag over her husband's head. Prosecutors gave 63-year-old Charles William Todd a lesser charge in exchange for his guilty plea.


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