Maine woman on trial for husband's deathAP , Associated Press
Dec. 16, 2013 4:15 PM ET
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The murder trial of a Bangor woman charged with using pliers, a box cutter and a plastic baseball bat to kill her husband during a jealous rage began Monday with a trip to the apartment where the killing took place, followed by grisly testimony by a medical examiner.
Richard Jeskey, 53, suffered cuts, punctures and bruises from head to toe in the assault, said Dr. Michael Ferenc, who conducted the autopsy for the state medical examiner's office. Ferenc concluded the victim had been beaten and strangled.
Roxanne Jeskey, who's using an insanity defense, showed no reaction as her late husband's injuries were discussed, WLBZ-TV reported.
Justice E. Allen Hunter ruled last week that Roxanne Jeskey, 50, was competent to assist in her defense, clearing the way for her trial to begin. Her husband was killed in June 2011 after he spoke to an ex-girlfriend on the phone, leading to an argument, law enforcement officials said.
His naked body was found in a bathtub.
Ferenc, who now lives in Arizona, was one of the first witnesses Monday in the Penobscot Judicial Center, where testimony was being heard by a judge, not a jury, at the defendant's request.
The trial is expected to last a week or more.
Roxanne Jeskey's lawyers say that she acted after getting into a fight with her husband and that she suffers from mental health problems along with additional problems stemming from brain surgery.
She acknowledged to authorities that she and her husband had a fight the night of June 12, 2011, into the early morning hours of June 13 because of the phone call, police said.
After calling police, Jeskey admitted that she assaulted her husband "with various weapons including pliers, a box cutter and a plastic baseball bat," police said.