Woman on trial for alleged murder-for-hire plot

September 11, 2012 7:31:51 AM PDT
The trial has started for a Frisco woman accused in a 2007 murder-for-hire plot that left her estranged husband dead and his girlfriend seriously injured.

The Collin County trial of 47-year-old Vera Elizabeth Guthrie-Nail started Monday. Guthrie-Nail, charged with capital murder and solicitation for capital murder, faces up to life in prison if convicted.

A prosecutor asked jurors to hold Guthrie-Nail accountable for the death of 36-year-old Craig Nail, saying, "She didn't pull the trigger but she pulled all the strings necessary to get it done."

The Dallas Morning News reports Mark Lyle Bell pleaded guilty last year to capital murder in Nail's death and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Defense attorneys are arguing that Bell acted alone.