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Woman's murder trial for deadly fire underway

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Sharon Watkins and her husband David are charged with two counts of felony murder.

Sharon Watkins and her husband David are charged with two counts of felony murder.

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Opening arguments began Wednesday in the murder trial of a woman accused of starting the fire that killed her daughter and a family friend.

Sharon Watkins and her husband David are charged with two counts of felony murder. Investigators say in May 2003 the couple started a fire to a small part of their home in order to collect insurance money. But the fire spread out of control, trapping their 8-year-old daughter and a friend's teenage son inside.

The husband and wife were indicted in 2008.

David Watkins is also charged. He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

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