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Ian Campbell Found Guilty Of First-Degree Murder

Posted June 13, 2003

— Ian Campbell was found guilty of first-degree murder for the killing of his fiancee, Heather Domenie.

Jurors issued their verdict shortly before 5 p.m. Friday. During their deliberations, jurors asked the judge for further interpretation of the premeditation element of first-degree murder. Campbell admitted responsibility in Domenie's death at the couple's Cary home last July, but he claims he did not intend to kill her.

As the verdict was read, Campbell bowed his head and Domenie's mom started to cry.

The trial will enter the sentencing phase next week, and jurors will decide whether Campbell should receive life in prison or the death penalty.

Also on Friday, jurors were allowed to see the applications for Campbell and Domenie's life insurance policies. Prosecutors had alleged that Campbell killed Domenie, a Raleigh teacher, to collect on an insurance policy. Campbell had testified to jurors earlier that he did not need the money since he had a $110,000-a-year job in Rocky Mount.

However, the judge refused jurors' request to review the testimony of Magalie Lelong. Lelong was reportedly seeing Campbell at the time of Domenie's death. He told them that jurors would have to try to remember what was said on the witness stand.


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