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Campbell Takes Stand During Trial, Tells Jurors About Fiancee's Death

Posted June 9, 2003

— Ian Campbell testified in his own defense Monday after being accused in the death of his fiancee, Heather Domenie.

Prosecutors believe Campbell killed Domenie to cash in on a $750,000 insurance policy. Campbell told jurors that he did not need the money since he had a $110,000-a-year job in Rocky Mount. Campbell said he and Domenie took out several life insurance policies on the advice of their life insurance agent.

Campbell then told jurors about his relationship with Magalie Lelong, a woman he allegedly had an intimate relationship with while seeing Domenie.

"Heather had no idea and it was confusing for me. At best, I think what started off as a fling and a horrible idea in retrospect sort of grew and I was just flying by the seat," he said.

Campbell said when Domenie found out about his affair with Lelong, he said Domenie slapped him. At that point, Campbell claimed he grabbed the tea towel that was on Domenie's neck and strangled her.

"When I realized what I was doing, I just put her on the bed," he said.

Jennifer Poore, Campbell's friend, told jurors about Campbell's discussion about the insurance policy when he was at the hospital.

"I'm not sure if hers has gone through or not, but all I know is I'm going to be pissed if they screw me on that," she said.

Campbell acknowledged responsibility in Domenie's death, but he claims he is not guilty of first-degree murder. If convicted, Campbell faces the death penalty.


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