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Prosecutor: Greed led woman to kill husband - The Clarion-Ledger
Elicia Hughes, 35, a former Jackson schoolteacher and the mother of the couple's two small children, is on trial in Hinds County Circuit Court in the June 3, 2004, shooting death of her husband.Elicia Hughes, who had been a third-grade teacher at Lee Elementary, told police she awoke about 11:20 p.m. on June 3 and heard a popping sound she thought had come from an air conditioner.She said she got up to investigate and found her husband dead on the floor of the front room.Elicia Hughes never looked at Rayford while she was testifying about her relationship with her husband.Evidence will show Elicia Hughes didn't have anything to do with killing her husband, Anderson said.Alexander said a gun residue test found a small patch of gunpowder on the back of Elicia Hughes' left hand.John Colette, Elicia Hughes' other attorney, said it would have been easy for his client to get the gunpowder on the back of her hand from touching her husband's body and clothes.Brian and Elicia Hughes had been married about five years when the shooting occurred.Alexander said a portion of Brian Hughes' salary went to support his other three children and Elicia Hughes wasn't happy about it.If convicted, Elicia Hughes faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.She is out of jail on a $60,000 bond.
Elicia Hughes, 36, is accused in the June 3, 2004, shooting death of her husband, Brian Hughes, 32, who according to testimony in the first trial had been having extramarital affairs.Elicia Hughes, who once taught at Lee Elementary School, told police she awoke about 11:20 p.m. that day and heard a popping sound she thought was the air conditioning.She said she found her husband lying on the floor with gunshot wounds.Jury selection in Hughes' second trial was set for this afternoon. If convicted, she faces life in prison.
JPS probes teacher's arrest - The Clarion-Ledger
Pittman and Hughes no longer work for the district.Elicia Hughes, a former JPS elementary teacher, was convicted last week of the 2004 murder of her husband.
Former teacher gets life for killing husband - The Clarion-Ledger
"I loved my son; I loved Elicia," she said as she wept.Patricia Hughes said of Elicia Hughes, "She destroyed, she destroyed," but was unable to finish the statement.Elicia Hughes told police she awoke about 11:20 p.m. on the day of the slaying and heard a popping sound she thought had come from an air conditioner.She said she got up to investigate and found her husband dead on the floor of the front room.A gunshot residue test was performed on Elicia Hughes the night of the shooting and a trace amount of gunshot powder was found on the back of her left hand.Elicia Hughes is a former teacher at Lee Elementary School in Jackson.Prosecutors said Elicia Hughes was not happy in her marriage and killed her husband to collect on a more than $250,000 insurance policy.Hughes' other attorney, Lula Anderson, said in closing arguments that not only did prosecutors not prove that Elicia Hughes killed her husband, but they also didn't prove what happened at the residence.Elicia Hughes decided not to testify in her own defense.Finding a small patch of gunshot residue only on the back of Hughes' left hand suggests it could have been a contaminated test, Yates said.
Insurance paid suspect - The Clarion-Ledger
Elicia Hughes is accused of killing her husband."The adjuster had received information that Elicia wasn't involved," Lawrence Risniyak of Primerica's corporate office in Georgia said during testimony.When asked by Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Mansell whether the claim would have been paid if the company had known Elicia Hughes was a suspect in her husband's death, Risniyak replied, "No, ma'am.Elicia Hughes is accused of fatally shooting Brian Hughes, 32, in the chest, arm, leg and thigh on June 3, 2004, in the couple's home on Fairwood Drive in Jackson.Elicia Hughes, 35, wasn't arrested until nine months after the shooting.Police said at the time she was always a person of interest, but Hughes wasn't arrested until the district attorney's office recommended her arrest.Elicia Hughes has maintained her innocence.Her trial has drawn an overflow crowd during the first two days of testimony.Elicia Hughes is a former teacher at Lee Elementary School in Jackson.Assistant District Attorney Stanley Alexander said Elicia Hughes no longer wanted to be married to her husband and planned to kill him to collect on the insurance policy.Elicia Hughes told police she awoke about 11:20 p.m. on June 3 and heard a popping sound she thought had come from an air conditioner.She said she got up to investigate and found her husband dead on the floor of the front room.In her statement to police, Elicia Hughes had said she heard the home alarm in addition to the popping sounds.