Jurors Hear Testimony In Ian Campbell Trial
Posted June 2, 2003 5:32 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Opening arguments were presented Monday in the Ian Campbell murder trial with prosecutor Howard Cummings stating Campbell, 30, was a cold-blooded killer who strangled his fiance, Heather Domenie, 33, for her insurance money.
Cummings said Campbell's 911 call to EMS saying Domenie had strangled herself with a dish towel was one of the most pathetic alibis he has heard. He also told jurors about a conversation that Campbell had with another inmate where he allegedly said he killed Domenie.
Prosecutors, who are seeking the death penalty, are expected to call on friends, neighbors and acquaintances to prove Campbell was motivated to kill Domenie for her insurance money.
Defense attorney Tom Manning said his client was not after insurance money because the insurance company never wrote Domenie's policy. He said his client did not mean to kill Domenie, but he was caught up in an emotional situation involving another woman.
"You'll be able to judge his credibility and make a decision about whether you think this was all the work of a planning, determined mastermind or someone who was covering for something terrible that happened to him the and the pathetic effort to cover it up," Manning told jurors.
Members of the team that responded to Campbell's 911 call took the stand Monday. Prosecutors allege Campbell took his time before contacting authorites.
On May 18, the first day of jury selection, Campbell admitted to assaulting his fiancee the morning she died, but claimed he was not guilty of first-degree murder.
Domenie was a Raleigh elementary school teacher. She died July 25 in the Cary home she shared with Campbell.
Campbell is expected to testify later this week in his own defense. The trial is expected to last about two weeks.