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Laurel County judge drops charges against woman accused of killing husband

Lisa Gilliam

Lisa Gilliam

LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - The case against a woman, accused of killing her husband, has been dismissed, because of a judge's order Friday afternoon.

A Laurel County judge issued a direct verdict of acquittal for Lisa Gilliam, a month after her trial ended in a hung jury.

Following the trial, Gilliam's attorney filed a motion for that directed verdict.

Gilliam was charged with murder, following the death of her husband, Larry Gilliam, in January 2011.

Police say Larry Gilliam was shot to death in his London law office.

Lisa Gilliam's attorney told WKYT that the judge said in court Friday there wasn't enough evidence to support a guilty verdict in the case.

Lisa Gilliam's attorneys say they are sticking with what the evidence shows which they say is her innocence and that Larry shot himself.

"Just finally on that day, it was the perfect storm for him and everything came together and he unfortunately took his own life," said Robert Norfleet, one of Lisa's defense attorneys.

"I feel for her and all she's been through. I thank God it's over, and I hope she can find peace now," said Scott Foster, Lisa's other defense attorney.

But the Commonwealth's Attorney says he doesn't agree with what happened in court Friday.

"Her versions of the story completely changed. I think the judge overlooked several things in the case, and I think he made an incorrect decision," said Commonwealth's Attorney Jackie Steele.

Although Lisa Gilliam is free, the Commonwealth could appeal the judge's decision.


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