The Latest: Husband No. 4 insists wife is innocent in deaths

NEW ORLEANS (AP) " The Latest on the trial in New Orleans of thrice-widowed Emma Raine in her second husband's death " a case also linked to her third husband's slaying in Mississippi (all times local):

6 p.m.

The fourth husband of a woman convicted in her second husband's New Orleans murder " and suspected in her third husband's death" insists she's innocent.

Reached by phone in Grandview, Missouri, shortly after Friday's verdict, John Golston said his wife, Emma Raine, is the victim of a corrupt Louisiana legal system.

Golston said he'd known Raine a short time when he married her in December 2012 but said he was impressed with her honesty and kindness.

The 52-year-old woman faces life in prison now after a jury found her guilty of arranging the shooting death of second husband Ernest Smith in 2006.

Prosecutors said her then-lover, James Raine, plotted Smith's death with her. They married later and James Raine was found shot to death in their Poplarville, Mississippi, home in 2011.

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4:15 p.m.

A jury in New Orleans has convicted a woman of second-degree murder in the death of her second husband in 2006 " a complex case that also is linked to the unsolved death of her third husband in 2011.

Friday's verdict came after prosecutors said Emma Raine plotted the death of her second husband, Ernest Smith, with her then-lover, James Raine, so they could collect $800,000 in insurance money.

James and Emma later married. And James Raine was shot to death in their Poplarville, Mississippi, home in 2011.

Emma Raine has been named as a suspect in that 2011 death but no arrests have been made.

The jury's decision was unanimous.

Second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence in Louisiana.

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1 p.m.

A New Orleans jury is now considering the case of a thrice-widowed woman charged in her second husband's shooting death " a killing also linked to the shooting death of her third husband in Mississippi.

Emma Raine is charged with second-degree murder in the 2006 shooting death of Ernest Smith. Prosecutors say she plotted Smith's killing with her future third husband, James Raine, who was later shot to death himself. No arrests have been made in James Raine's 2011 killing, although authorities say Emma Raine is a suspect.

Prosecutors say James and Emma Raine arranged for James' adopted brother, Alfred Everette, to shoot Smith for a share of insurance money. Everette was convicted in 2014. The defense argues that James Raine and Everette plotted Smith's death without involving Emma.

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11 a.m.

A New Orleans jury is hearing closing arguments in the murder trial of a thrice-widowed woman in her second husband's death " a case also linked to her third husband's slaying in Mississippi.

Emma Raine is charged with second-degree murder in the 2006 shooting death of Ernest Smith. Prosecutors say she plotted Smith's killing with her future third husband, James Raine, who was later shot to death himself. No arrests have been made in James's 2011 killing, although authorities say Emma Raine is a suspect.

Prosecutors say James and Emma Raine arranged for James's adopted brother, Alfred Everette, to shoot Smith for a share of insurance money. Everette was convicted in 2014. The defense argues that James Raine and Everette plotted Smith's death without involving Emma.

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