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Ian Campbell Demonstrates In Front Of Jurors How He Killed Fiancee

Posted June 11, 2003

— Ian Campbell showed jurors Tuesday how he strangled his fiancee, Heather Domenie.

Assistant District Attorney Howard Cummings had Campbell partially re-enact the moments before and after Domenie's death. Cummings wore the tea towel around his neck that Campbell used to strangle Domenie.

Campbell answered "I don't remember" to many of Cummings' questions as the two stood in front of the jury.

Campbell said he tried to come up with an alibi after Domenie's death, because he did not mean to kill her.

While Campbell was being held in the Wake County Jail after Domenie's death, he told jurors he was approached by a man who offered to provide him with an alibi for $25,000. He also admitted that he told investigators and his own attorneys that his fiancee died from something other than strangulation such as taking diet pills and seafood poisoning.

"I felt horrible about what I had done and what had happened," Campbell said. "I was terrified and looking for anyway possible to avoid this."

Campbell testified Monday that Domenie slapped him after finding out he was cheating on her. Campbell said he then grabbed the towel on her neck and strangled her in the couple's Cary home.

The prosecution also questioned Campbell Tuesday about his martial arts status and his knowledge of CPR.

Prosecutors have said Campbell killed Domenie because of a $750,000 insurance policy. If convicted of first-degree murder, Campbell may face the death penalty. His defense lawyers said Campbell did not plan the killing and therefore should be found guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter.

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