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Inmates Tell Jurors About Campbell's Admission Of Killing Fiancee

Posted June 5, 2003 5:14 a.m. EDT

— Two convicted felons said in court Thursday that Ian Campbell told them he killed his fiancee, Heather Domenie.

Dwayne Liedeke, an inmate in the Wake County Jail who shared quarters with Campbell while he was being held on bond, testified for the prosecution and told jurors about a jailhouse conversation between him and Campbell.

"It was during a conversation we had and Ian was crying and he said he killed Domenie," he said Dwayne Liedeke.

When the prosecutor asked Liedeke why Campbell said he killed Domenie, Liedeke responded by saying, "he was having an affair with another girl. I don't know what her name is. I guess somehow or another, Domenie found out."

Jason Mallard, another inmate who shared jail space with Campbell, said he was shaken by what Campbell told him.

"[It's] not everyday someone tells you they killed someone," he said.

While Campbell admits he killed Domenie, he said he had not intended to kill her. The state is seeking the death penalty in the case.

The state also focused on a $750,000 insurance policy on Domenie. An insurance agent testified in court Campbell made repeated phone inquires about the policy, even after her death.

Deborah Brown, who shared first-grade teaching duties with Domenie, testified that the day before Domenie died, she called to talk to Heather and Ian answered the phone.

"I just asked to speak to Heather and he said she didn't feel well and that she was resting," she said.

In other testimony, a Cary police officer produced a semi-automatic handgun that was taken from Campbell's car when he was arrested for Domenie's murder. Prosectors are expected to conclude their case on Friday.