June 25, 2008
LEE COUNTY, Ala.(WXTX) - The verdict is in for a Lee County murder trial. Twenty eight-year old Rosemary Newsome has been found not guilty of murdering her common law husband, 57-year old James Heard. It took the jury a few hours to return the verdict.
Newsome took the stand in her own defense on Wednesday. She testified the morning of the murder, in August of 2007, she left Heard at home sleeping in the bed. Her 18-year old relative, Reginald Core, was left at the home. She told the jury Core, confessed to her that he shot and killed Heard after Heard caught the teen in his bedroom stealing from his wallet.
Tuesday, Core testified for the prosecution that he heard the shots and then saw Newsome with the gun.