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Murder Trial Begins for Woman Accused of Killing Her Husband

An Evansville woman is on trial for murder in Vanderburgh County. Authorities say Wendy Payne fatally stabbed her husband at their home in July 2019.

Posted: Mar 15, 2021 10:14 AM
Updated: Mar 15, 2021 12:45 PM

An Evansville woman accused of killing her husband is set to stand trial in Vanderburgh Superior Court. Jury selection is underway for Wendy Payne. She's accused of fatally stabbing her 60-year-old husband Edward Payne at their home on Glenview Drive in July of 2019. A jury trial for Payne was scheduled to take place in October 2020 but had to be pushed back due to issues related to COVID-19.

On July 20th, 2019 Vanderburgh County Sheriff's deputies arrested Payne after she called 911 reporting she had stabbed her husband. When deputies arrived they found Mrs. Payne in the back yard of the home covered in blood. Mr. Payne was found inside the kitchen lying on the floor with a stab wound to his chest. A large kitchen knife was recovered as evidence. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office says when Payne was being taken to jail she said numerous times, "I’m going to jail for murder".

Payne is charged with one count of murder. Jury Selection started at 8:00a.m.

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