Man Found Not Guilty In Wife's Murder

After three hours of deliberating Thursday, a jury acquitted a Franklin County man accused of murdering his wife three years ago.

Robert Powell, 45, was found not guilty of killing his wife in 2004.

Teresa Powell, 41, died June 3, 2004, of a morphine overdose, according to an autopsy report. She was suffering from fibromyalgia and lupus before her death. But in July 2004, Powell was indicted by a grand jury in her death.

Over the last two weeks, prosecutors presented evidence that Powell had confessed several times to family, police and hospital workers that he killed his wife.

But Powell's attorney, Guthrie True, said the confessions were not corroborated by much of the evidence, which showed that Teresa Powell overdosed on her own.

Teresa's family is outraged at the verdict. He mother tells 27NEWSFIRST her daughter would never take her own life.

Powell said he was looking forward to "getting on with my life. I've lost three years of my life over this trial."