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New Trial to Begin for Webster County Woman Previously Convicted of Husband's Murder

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The trial for a Webster County woman previously convicted of the murder of her husband is set to begin Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Julia Surbaugh was facing a life sentence for the first degree murder conviction in the death of her husband, Michael Surbaugh. She was indicted by the Webster County grand jury in January 2010 and convicted in May 2010. At trial, the state theorized that the shooting was the result of Mr. Surbaugh's intention to leave his wife to be with his girlfriend, a co-worker. The West Virginia Supreme Court reversed Surbaugh's murder conviction in Nov. 2012 and remanded the case back to circuit court for a new trial, citing that the trial judge should have allowed a jury instruction on Surbaugh's good character.

Surbaugh's trial will begin at 9 a.m. before Braxton County Circuit Judge Richard A. Facemire.