Oklahoma woman pleads no contest to role in husband's death

SALLISAW — A woman accused of having a role in her husband's death in eastern Oklahoma has entered a no contest plea to being an accessory to first-degree murder.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: September 11, 2013
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SALLISAW — A woman accused of having a role in her husband's death in eastern Oklahoma has entered a no contest plea to being an accessory to first-degree murder.

Raelynne Simonin entered the blind plea Tuesday in the July 2011 death of her husband, 38-year-old Jack “Vince” Purselley of Gans.

The 25-year-old Simonin is one of four people charged in Purselly's death.

Simonin entered the plea as testimony was about to begin in her trial. She didn't have a plea bargain with the state.

Simonin was ordered into custody and sentencing is to be held Oct. 3.

A local newspaper reports a co-defendant, 54-year-old David Joseph Danylchuk, is to be sentenced the same day.

One other defendant has pleaded guilty and a plea agreement is pending for another.

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