Prosecutor: Cary Contractor 'Almost Pulled Off The Perfect Crime'
Posted May 22, 2006 7:56 a.m. EDT
LUMBERTON, N.C. — Opening statements began Monday in the trial of a Cary contractor accused of killing his wife at her childhood home.
Authorities said Nancy Britt, an Enloe High School teacher, was in Lumberton for the weekend, taking care of her disabled sister, when Myron Britt drove from Cary to Robeson County and shot his wife.
Investigators said Britt drove back to Cary before police even notified him of his wife's death.
In court Monday, Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt said Myron Britt "almost pulled off the perfect crime, but he told too many lies. He left too many signals behind that police could follow." Prosecutors said the homebuilder killed his wife to get more than $800,000 in life insurance.
During opening statements, prosecutors said they could connect Britt to the homicide, in part, because of the bullet used in the shooting. Prosecutors said that it is a rare type of bullet that Britt is known to have shot before.
Defense attorneys are focusing on the police work done in the case, saying their client was a victim of bad police work. They said authorities were sloppy and haphazard in their investigation and, for example, let other officers roam around the crime scene.
"It was a slow night in Lumberton," said Myron Britt's attorney, Joe Freeman Britt. "Everybody wanted to go to the crime scene, so here they came."
In court, the judge in the case admonished Joe Freeman Britt, for repeatedly making claims in his opening statements that would be best presented as evidence.
Johnson Britt, Joe Freeman Britt and Myron Britt are not related.
Prosecutors also called their first two witnesses on Monday. Their case is expected to last about a week; the defense expects its case to last up to 10 days.
If convicted, Myron Britt could face the death penalty.