LARGO — Linda T. Weeks was so enraged by her husband's dalliances with a younger woman that she grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed him to death outside his home, a jury decided Friday.
The jury convicted the 62-year-old Palm Harbor woman of second-degree murder in the June 2007 death of her estranged husband, Martin Weeks.
Martin Weeks' body was discovered by his boss on June 13, 2007, after he failed to show up for his job as a truck driver for a Palm Harbor food pantry.
The 61-year-old had been stabbed 28 times and died outside of his home in the Silk Oak Mobile Home Park, 28488 U.S. 19 in unincorporated Clearwater, prosecutors said this week.
Detectives said Linda Weeks gave inconsistent statements throughout their investigation and had previously attacked him.
She had been arrested on domestic battery and aggravated assault charges about a month before Martin Weeks' death. Police said she punched her husband repeatedly and threatened to shoot him in May 2007 after learning he had an affair with a much younger woman.
The charges were later dropped.
But her defense attorney said the Weekses were in the process of reconciling when she went over to his home to have dinner on June 12, 2007.
Nobody saw Weeks stab her husband, she never confessed to the crime, and investigators did not find any blood in her truck, said her attorney, Charles Lykes.
During his closing argument Friday, Lykes reminded jurors that a neighbor testified that he heard Martin Weeks arguing with a man on the night he died.
Weeks took the stand in her defense Friday and said that while she didn't love Martin Weeks, she "respected him" and never would have killed him over another woman.
But prosecutor Kendall Davidson said Weeks was filled with rage over the affair, as evidenced by her earlier attack on him.
In his closing statement, Davidson again showed jurors the photos of wounds inflicted on Martin Weeks.
"This screams of ill-will, spite, hatred and evil intent," he said.
Weeks held her attorney's hand as the verdict was read, then collapsed against his arm and cried before she was fingerprinted and lead from the courtroom.
Her mother, Denese Tillery, 81, of Clearwater, said after the verdict that "there ain't any justice."
"She didn't kill Martin," she said. "She wouldn't kill nobody."
Weeks' sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 29.
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