In Limestone County, a woman accused of killing her estranged boyfriend was found guilty of murder. 43-year-old Lisa Pate of Arab was found guilty of shooting to death 59-year-old James Miller. Following two days of testimony, the jury deliberated for two hours before reaching the verdict.
Miller was gunned down in his home on North Jefferson Street in November of 2009. Investigators say the two had been romantically involved and Miller, who was married, was trying to break up with Pate, who was also married. Police say they got into an argument before the shooting. Pate testified that she shot Miller twice in self-defense.
Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson was the lead investigator on the case back in 2009. He says he is pleased with the outcome of the trial. "We're glad for the family that they can have some peace and finally some closure to the family. I know it's not easy to go through and hear what all happened and see pictures," said Johnson.
After the verdict, Circuit Judge Robert Baker revoked Pate's bond and she will wait in the Limestone County Jail for her sentencing hearing, where she could face 20 years to life in prison.