The Latest: Trigger-man won't take stand in widow's trial

NEW ORLEANS (AP) " The Latest on the trial of Emma Raine, charged in the 2006 death of her second husband in New Orleans, a case also linked to the 2011death of her third husband (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

The convicted trigger man has refused to testify in a New Orleans courtroom in the trial of Emma Raine, who is charged with arranging the murder of her second husband in 2006.

Alfred Everette, who is appealing his second-degree murder conviction in the death of Ernest Smith, walked into the courtroom but refused to approach the witness stand.

Judge Tracey Fleming-Davillier did not order guards to force Everette to take the stand. But she allowed a prosecutor to question the shackled prisoner as he sat across the courtroom. He refused to respond to any questions.

Everette is appealing his conviction in Smith's death. Prosecutors say he was given immunity so that his statements could not be used against him in the appeal. Everette repeatedly refused to answer.

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11:30 a.m.

Opening statements have begun in the complicated case against thrice-widowed Emma Raine. She's on trial in New Orleans in the 2006 shooting death of her second husband. And, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday she's under suspicion in the death of her third husband in Pearl River County, Mississippi.

That third husband, James Raine, was implicated in the 2006 death of the second husband, Ernest Smith.

Assistant District Attorney Laura Rodrigue told jurors evidence shows James Raine and Emma Raine were having an affair in 2006 when they convinced James Raine's adopted brother to kill her then-husband, Ernest Smith, for a share of insurance money.

Defense attorney Martin Regan told jurors James Raine and his brother plotted the killing without involving Emma Raine. And Regan stressed that Emma Raine has never been charged in James Raine's 2011 death.

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8 a.m.

Opening statements could begin soon in the complicated case of thrice-widowed Emma Raine.

She's on trial in the death of her second husband in New Orleans 2006. And that case is linked to the mysterious death of her third husband in Mississippi in 2011.

When he died, that third husband, James Raine, had been implicated in the 2006 death of the second husband, Ernest Smith.

Another twist: Last year, a Mississippi sheriff said Emma Raine is also being investigated in James Raine's death. No arrests have been made in that case.

As for the Ernest Smith case, Emma Raine is charged with second-degree murder. She has pleaded not guilty.

Jury selection began Tuesday and opening statements could start Wednesday. Conviction would mean mandatory life in prison for the 52-year-old woman.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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