Novelist’s trial resumes after COVID-19 hiatus

The trial of a self-published novelist accused of fatally shooting her chief husband has resumed after a break due to a positive COVID-19 test in the courtroom.

Nancy Crampton Brophy was arrested in 2018 and faces a murder charge in the death of 63-year-old Daniel Brophy.

KOIN-TV reported Tuesday that his trial, which began on April 5, has resumed. The prosecution closed its case on April 21 and the defense had hoped to resume its case last week, but the trial was delayed due to the COVID-19 case.

Judge Christopher Ramras said a juror was still absent with COVID-19 and an alternate juror would replace that person beginning Tuesday.

Daniel Brophy was killed while preparing to work at the Oregon Culinary Institute in southwest Portland on June 2, 2018.

Nancy Crampton Brophy is a self-published novelist who, long before her husband’s death, wrote an essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband.”

Multnomah County Deputy Senior District Attorney Shawn Overstreet told jurors that Crampton Brophy was motivated by greed and a $1.4 million insurance policy.

Lead defense attorney Lisa Maxfield said Crampton Brophy and his finances deteriorated after Brophy’s death.

Crampton Brophy previously pleaded not guilty to the charge.


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Sandy A. Greer