Wife faces murder charge
SALLISAW — A former Arizona woman charged as an accessory in her husband's fatal shooting now faces murder and conspiracy charges, a prosecutor said Thursday. Raelynne Simonin, 24, is charged in Sequoyah County in the death of Jack Vincent Purselley, 39, of Akins. The additional charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to murder were added Sept. 7, court records show. She is free on $25,000 bail, said Tony Evans, assistant district attorney. Purselley, who authorities described as a “con man,” died July 25, 2011, from multiple gunshot wounds. His body was found in his home two days later after Arizona authorities alerted Sequoyah County law enforcement officers. Simonin was held over for trial Oct. 11, 2011, on a complaint of accessory after the fact. She was in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing on the new charges, Evans said. George Purselley, the victim's brother, testified how Simonin called him two days after Jack Purselley was killed, saying she had been raped and kidnapped, Evans said. “She recanted those allegations,” he said. Simonin also asked about a life insurance policy and the whereabouts of money her husband had in the bank, he said. Simonin told Arizona authorities she married Purselley because he said he had a $1 million life insurance policy and she was the beneficiary, according to an arrest affidavit. The hearing was continued to Oct. 11, when two more witnesses are expected to testify, Evans said.
SHEILA STOGSDILL, For The Oklahoman