Prosecutor: Woman shot neighbor to keep him quiet

In this Sept. 22, 2011 photo, Tracey Richter Roberts confers with Karmen Anderson, one of her attorneys, during a motions hearing in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The trial begins Tuesday for the Iowa mother charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 20-year-old neighbor shot to death in the woman's bedroom more than a decade ago. After Roberts, who was at home with her three children at the time she fired nine shots into the man, would soon go on national television and be called a heroic mother who acted in self-defense to protect her family from home invaders. But today folks in her town of 500 are weighing prosecutors accusations that she's is a master manipulator who planned the killing and tried to frame her ex-husband. (AP Photo/Ryan Foley, File)

October 26, 2011 11:12:00 AM PDT
A woman forced a 20-year-old neighbor to write a diary framing her ex-husband in a murder-for-hire scheme and then killed him because she didn't think he could keep his role a secret, a prosecutor said Wednesday at her first-degree murder trial.