San Diego Love Triangle Verdict Murder or Manslaughter: Jennifer Trayers CasePosted: February 2, 2012
(UPDATE 2/8/2012 Verdict: Jennifer Trayers convicted of second degree murder (just like Betty Broderick) faces 16 years to life in prison. Jury deliberated 4 days.)
In San Diego, a Navy doctor’s wife of 19 years, Jennifer Trayers, is accused of stabbing her Navy doctor husband to death. After weeks of testimony, the jury is out deliberating. Was the killing murder or manslaughter? Planned attack or rage killing after learning of an affair? The evidence seems to point to murder rather than manslaughter.
Tough case for manslaughter. Husband was stabbed while sleeping after taking sleeping medication. Evidence of lying in wait? 8 stab wounds in the back and 2 in the chest. No self-defense? Wife learned of affair several months earlier before the stabbing occurred which may defeat any claim of rage-induced manslaughter at time of stabbing. Husband had previous affairs according to the defendant.
However, maybe, not murder. The medical expert testified 6 stab wounds occurred after his death suggests she possibly “lost it” and was acting in uncontrollable rage. Or, maybe, the jury will find other reasons to support a manslaughter verdict. The defendant did testify she had no intent to kill her husband and that may sway one or more jurors.
Clearly, there is evidence of the defendant’s controlling and manipulative behavior. Months prior, the defendant installed spyware to intercept emails between her husband and his mistress, and, discovered they were planning on getting married and having children. The defendant testified repeatedly that she felt ignored by her husband and claims she meant to kill herself not her husband.
Yet, after the killing, she sent an 8 page email to his mistress, stating “My husband is NOT going to be yours…I was the last person he was with” which suggests another, “if you leave me, I will kill you”, violent killing, a terrible tragedy.
Does jealousy ever justify killing another?
Simply my opinion, what say you?