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Former Cellmate of One-Time Romance Writer Takes Stand in Trial of Her Husband's Murder

(Portland, OR) -- The one-time cellmate of former romance writer Nancy Crampton Brophy took the stand yesterday in Crampton Brophy's trial in her husband's murder. Crampton Brophy is charged with the murder four years ago of her husband -- 63-year-old Daniel Brophy -- who was an instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute. The prosecution says Crampton Brophy killed her husband to cash in on a one-point-four million dollar insurance policy. Yesterday, prosecutors called a last-minute witness -- former cellmate Andrea Jacobs. They said Jacobs claimed Crampton Brophy admitted the murder to her. But yesterday, Jacobs said the apparent admission was simply a verbal error and the prosecution quickly wrapped up questioning. The trial is expected to go to the jury as soon as tomorrow.

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