This romance author is on trial for her husband’s murder. It’s like a plot twist from one of her books.
According to Oregon officials, Nancy Crampton-Brophy is suspected of fatally shooting Daniel Brophy on June 2, 2018.
A romance author charged in her husband’s deadly shooting in 2018 won a legal win this week when a court determined that a blog she published titled “How to Murder Your Husband” cannot be used against her as evidence.
The murder trial for Nancy Crampton-Brophy in her husband’s death began on Monday. Authorities stated Daniel Brophy’s dead corpse was discovered on June 2, 2018, at the Oregon Culinary Institute, where he taught.
Crampton-Brophy, then 68, was charged with murder in September 2018. She has entered a not-guilty plea.
According to The Oregonian, Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Shawn Overstreet told jurors on Monday that Crampton-Brophy was driven by greed and a $1.4 million insurance claim.
According to The Oregonian, Crampton-Brophy has been detained since her arrest. According to Crampton-attorneys, Brophy’s the pair wedded in a lavish wedding ceremony in 1997 but weren’t officially married until soon before Daniel Brophy’s murder, when they signed the formal papers in Washington County.
In a statement issued in 2018, police stated that “based on facts acquired during the investigation, investigators think Nancy L. Crampton-Brophy is the suspect in Daniel C. Brophy’s murder.”
There were no traces of force or struggle, and no evidence of robbery, according to investigators. According to court filings, Brophy still had his wallet, smartphone, and vehicle keys with him.
According to court records, traffic cameras show Crampton-minivan Brophy’s coming and exiting from municipal streets near the institute close to the apparent time of the shooting.
Before jurors entered the room Monday, the judge granted a defense request banning them from hearing about the blog Crampton-Brophy authored 11 years ago, according to NBC affiliate KGW in Portland.
The post was old, written for a writing school, and any usefulness it could have had, according to the court, was overshadowed by the bias it would generate in the jury, according to KGW.
Multnomah County Circuit Judge Christopher Ramras was unavailable for comment on Tuesday. The judge’s decision on the motion could not be obtained immediately by court officials.
Crampton-Brophy describes herself as the author of “fiction works in the Romance Suspense genre” on her website. Among her works is a series titled “The Wrong Hero,” “The Wrong Brother,” and “The Wrong Husband,” with the motto “Wrong never felt so wonderful.”
“The Wrong Husband” tells the story of a lady who devises a plot to flee her violent husband while they are on an anniversary trip abroad. Her attempts to flee are thwarted when their cruise ship sinks off the coast of Italy.
The community was taken aback by Brophy’s murder. Students hailed him as an inspiring educator with a terrific sense of humor who helped shape their careers during a vigil outside the culinary school where he taught for decades.
“Daniel was one of the few individuals I’ve ever known who did exactly what he wanted in life and loved doing it,” Crampton-Brophy said during the memorial. He was a person who did what he enjoyed: he enjoyed teaching, he enjoyed mushrooms, and he enjoyed spending time with his family.”
Crampton-Brophy and her finances both worsened when her husband died, according to lead defense attorney Lisa Maxfield, who spoke in court on Monday. According to The Oregonian, Crampton-name Brophy’s was not on the deed to the couple’s house, and her grief stopped her from returning to her day job selling Medicare coverage.
Maxfield described her as a “excellent listener, a beautiful lover, a skilled cook, and real life partner.”
The “circumstantial case” against Crampton-Brophy “begs you to turn a blind eye to the most persuasive evidence of all: love,” Maxfield added. Her client had no cause to murder her spouse, she claimed.
Prosecutors said Crampton-Brophy shot her husband with a Glock pistol she purchased at a Portland gun show after purchasing a “ghost gun” assembly kit online, according to The Oregonian.
She is then accused of replacing the gun’s barrel with an identical mechanism, preventing forensic scientists from matching the expended bullets with the original slide-racking system, which law enforcement authorities were never able to collect, according to prosecutors.
The trial is expected to last seven weeks.