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Man on trial for cold case 20 years later

Husband Will Stand Trial 20 Years After Wife's Death

A case gone cold for two decades could finally see justice. California police charged Paul Curry with the 1994 death of his wife.

ABC: "Jury selection is under way in the trial of Paul Curry, the 57-year-old accused of poisoning his wife Linda 20 years ago, cashing in on insurance money and moving to another state to start a new life."

According to the Orange County District Attorney, Curry collected $400,000 from his wife's life insurance policy. In 2010, police arrested him in Kansas, where he had been living after she died.

Paul and Linda were married two years before she started to develop a strange illness that baffled doctors for more than a year. She died before physicians could come to a conclusion. However, forensic investigators found she had high levels of nicotine in her blood. Linda was a nonsmoker.

Investigators say the husband and former resident of San Clemente has been a suspect from the start. Even though some outlets report it's taken police two decades to link him to the murder, the case was only reopened in 2007.

So what will put Curry on the stand? The district attorney's office refers to "newly developed evidence" that was not previously available. The lead prosecutor told KABC, "Science's ability to determine the amount of nicotine in somebody's system and how lethal it is, and the timing of it, was able to help us."

After Linda's death in '94, Curry told the Los Angeles Times, "I'm not convinced that she died of nicotine poisoning. I'm not convinced that this diagnosis is any different from the long list of others that we got before she died. They were all wrong."

Curry has pleaded not guilty in the case. If found guilty, he could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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chuck September 05 2014 at 8:46 AM

exacute the low life bastard. i would give anything to have my wife back. she passed in 2011 and i miss her every day. we had 36 years together but that isnt enough. i could die happy to have her for just 1 more day

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accordmee September 05 2014 at 6:33 AM

If they find that he did kill her then it would only be fair that he is fried until he is crispy.

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Truwriter September 05 2014 at 11:21 AM

I must have missed what police are charging him with doing. The diagnosis was nicotine poisoning when she died and he is quoted as saying that he did not believe that. So what is the new evidence that caused them to charge him. How did they link him to that? I did not see that in the article.

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Karen September 05 2014 at 6:56 AM

If he's guilty, the he must be held accountable.

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rwitchwoman63 September 05 2014 at 8:17 AM

Should be executed the same way he killed her!

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Blanche September 05 2014 at 3:20 PM

Hmmm...Nicotine poisoning... So, can all of the cigarette companies be charged with it?

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dotlhs56 September 05 2014 at 11:28 AM

He's already been paid for the years he is about to spend in prison where he will die after spending many years there hopefully.

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frank1946 September 05 2014 at 8:07 AM

Book Em, Dano !

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road runner frank1946 September 05 2014 at 9:09 AM

frank1946 - your post took me back in time to some good memories. And, it made me smile.

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msdaubie54 frank1946 September 05 2014 at 1:44 PM

me too, road runner!

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John Woodhouse September 05 2014 at 7:31 PM

He looks tormented, guilty send him to one of our luxury prisons, so I can spend 60k a year so he can breath...

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Gary H Mayer September 05 2014 at 7:23 PM

I posted that the statute of limitations should be 20 years. We spend too much money on lawyers, judges and the law, so they can get rich at our expense. My post was deleted. What a bunch of punitive jerks. Just wait until you get in trouble.

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