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Spring Hill woman indicted on first-degree murder charge in husband's death

SPRING HILL — A grand jury indicted Karen Biraghi Friday morning on a charge of first-degree premeditated murder in the death of her husband.

Biraghi shot her husband, Alan, in the back of the head as he slept on the couple's living room couch on Christmas Eve, authorities say. Alan Biraghi was 31.

Biraghi, 40, then drove to her parents' home a few blocks away and returned with them before reporting the shooting. Investigators say she later admitted that she was angry at her husband because he was moving out of their home.

Alan Biraghi worked as a repairman for a Pasco County air-conditioning firm. His neighbors said he was friendly and always waved as he passed by.

Neighbors said his wife was nice but reclusive and often distraught about her collapsing marriage.

Other than minor traffic violations, she had no criminal background in Hernando County.

Soon after the killing, Biraghi matter-of-factly explained to a 911 dispatcher what she had done.

"I'm turning myself in for killing my husband."

The operator asked where her husband was.

"He's, umm, on the couch right now."

"Is he alive?"

"No."

Later, the dispatcher asked how it happened.

"I shot him."

"Okay. And you're sure that he's not breathing?"

"Yes."

The dispatcher, moments after, asked where she shot him.

"In the head."

Information from Times files contributed to this report. John Woodrow Cox can be reached at (352) 848-1432 or jcox@tampabay.com.

Spring Hill woman indicted on first-degree murder charge in husband's death 01/13/12 [Last modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 7:24pm]
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