Woman's murder trial for deadly fire underway

Sharon Watkins and her husband David are charged with two counts of felony murder.
September 28, 2011 3:15:11 PM PDT
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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