Prosecution cross-examines Miriam Helmick

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By: KKCO - Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Cross-examination of Miriam Helmick is now over in the murder trial against her.

While on the stand the prosecution asked Miriam about the day she says she came home and found her husband Alan on the kitchen floor. He died of a gunshot wound to the head she is accused of killing him.

The prosecution went over the white truck Miriam told investigators had been in their neighborhood, a truck she called suspicious. They also asked her about why, if she'd done CPR on Alan when she found him, there wasn't any blood on her.

As the questioning went on Miriam became more and more defensive, crossing her arms and hunkering down on the witness stand. She also cried at various times during her testimony.

She was also asked about the card she admits she planted at a neighbor's house. The card read 'Alan was first, you're next. Run run run.' She says she planted the card to lead investigators away from her and to get them to look for other suspects which she felt they weren't doing. She's admitted in court it was a mistake.

The prosecution also asked Miriam about a conversation she had with her brother about the murder and the trial. She told her brother that after the trial was over she wanted a book deal that would go to the 'highest bidder'. The prosecution says she 'wanted to cash in on this' and Miriam responded "I was angry."

Miriam was briefly brought back to the stand after the prosecution cross-examined an insurance company employee, where her defense attorney said, "We have no further questions." Jury deliberations could begin as early as Friday afternoon.

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