Jealous Wife Kills Husband's Secretary

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A woman in North Carolina killed her husband's secretary after she suspected the two were having an affair.

On Jan. 24, Marlene Postell Johnson, 66, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison after stabbing 62-year-old Shirley Pierce in the neck in 2013, reports WBTV.

So forcefully was the woman stabbed, the handle of the knife broke off.

"Ma'am, you will die in prison," Judge Stuart Albright told Johnson as he sentenced her to life. "That is my order."

Pierce worked as an executive administrative assistant for Marlene's husband, Ervin Johnson, who was the president and CFO of Tuscarora Yarns, the Daily Mail reports.

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In 2011, Marlene was arrested for assaulting Pierce.

Suspicion that Marlene was involved in her death particularly grew after the woman accidentally sent a text meant for Pierce to Alex Norton, now 20, on July 21, 2013.

"Back off, you will not get Ervin over my dead body, you skanky w**re," the message read.

Less than 48 hours later, Pierce's fiance, Chuck Reeves, found Pierce's dead body at her home, while DNA tests later linked Marlene to the crime.

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Nevertheless, the woman has repeatedly insisted she is innocent.

"I disagree with the decision," she said in response to the conviction. "I am innocent. I was never there. I would not hurt anybody. I would not have killed Shirley Pierce."

However, to many -- ranging from authorities to Pierce's daughter, Tracy Brown -- she is guilty and deserves such a punishment.

"As a Christian I'm supposed to be forgiving," Brown told Marlene in court. "But I could never forgive you for what you did, and if that keeps me from going to heaven, then I'll meet you in hell."

Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook made a statement after the sentence was read.

"We appreciate the jurors' time and attention as we presented evidence over the past couple of weeks," Cook said. "We are grateful for their service and thoughtful deliberation.  We also appreciate the thorough investigation conducted by the Rowan County Sheriff's Office."

Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten, whose investigators handled the case, echoed similar sentiments and hoped the outcome provides closure.

"You’re thankful that this will be another step for the family of the victim in closure for them and they can get on healing," Auten said. "Certainly they’ll never get over losing a loved one like Shirley, but hopefully this is another step in that right direction for that family."

Sources: WBTV, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Maarten Van Damme/Flickr / Embedded Images: Pexels, Public Domain Pictures

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