A jury has been seated in the murder trial of an Oswego woman accused of killing her husband. Joyce Malone has been charged with second degree murder for shooting her husband last year. Our Andy Mattison has more on the case.
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- It started with an argument between a husband and his wife and ended with 74-year-old Ralph Malone being shot to death in his home on March 19 of last year. His wife, 70-year-old Joyce Malone, was arrested and charged with second degree murder.
On the day of the incident, the Malone's daughter, Brenda, was at her house next door when the phone rang. Brenda's husband, John, told investigators his wife answered the phone and after a brief conversation, hung up and said, "I've gotta go next door, I think mom killed dad."
Investigators also interviewed Brenda, who told them, "She told me she killed my father because she would rather go to jail then live the life she's been living for so long. She could not take it anymore. The abuse had gotten to be too much."
Ralph Malone served as an Oswego police officer for eight years. Police said they found several guns inside the home and the couple had no previous history of domestic violence.
Joyce Malone has been out on bail since her arrest and has pleaded not guilty. The court was able to complete jury selection on Tuesday and now it will be up to a 12 member jury of eight women and four men to decide if the defendant is guilty or not guilty.