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Day 2 of Donna Horwitz retrial; Jupiter woman accused of killing husband in 2011

Posted at 5:53 PM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 04:15:28-04

With a noise amplification device in her ear to help her hear testimony, Donna Horwitz sat attentively taking notes, as her second trial for her husband’s murder continued.

Horwitz was originally sentenced to life in prison in 2013 for killing her ex-husband, Lanny Horwitz.

In September 2011, the two were living together, attempting to reconcile their relationship.

At the time, the two had been divorced, remarried, and divorced again over the span of a decade.

Investigators say Horwitz walked into the bathroom and used two revolvers to shoot her husband 10 times as he showered.

When law enforcement arrived, Horwitz refused to answer officers’ questions as she was brought into custody.

It was a fact that was used repeatedly during the 2013 trial.

However, last year the Florida Supreme Court ruled that her silence shouldn’t be used against her, as that would violate her fifth amendment rights.

Horwitz was given a new trial.

Thursday in court brought back evidence used in the previous trial, including autopsy photos and the alleged murder weapon, as prosecutors attempted show Donna Horwitz pulled the trigger.

Her defense meanwhile, says the trigger finger actually belongs to the couple’s son, Radley, who they say was at the home at the time of the murder.

The defense says he killed his father as payback for the way he treated him and his mother.

On Thursday mother and son sat feet from each other never making eye contact, as expert testimony continued.

It could set up a tense showdown, as Radley Horwitz may take the stand, possibly as early as Friday.

If convicted, Donna Horwitz could once again face life in prison.