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Woman Convicted in Husband’s Shotgun Death

February 25, 1992

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ A woman named as the beneficiary in seven life insurance policies carried by her husband was convicted Monday of plotting his murder.

A jury decided Virginia Larzelere, 39, was guilty of first-degree murder for plotting shotgun slaying of dentist Norman Larzelere to collect $2.1 million worth of insurance.

Mrs. Larzelere turned her head and wept briefly when the jury’s verdict was read. Her attorney said he was surprised by the verdict.

″I felt extremely disappointed,″ Jack Wilkins said. ″I felt that it was going to be the other verdict.″

Prosecutor Dorothy Sedgwick said: ″I think it’s a just verdict supported by the evidence heard at trial.″

Mrs. Larzelere’s 19-year-old son Jason is awaiting trial in the death. Prosecutors say he was the masked gunman who chased his stepfather down a hallway and shot him to death through a closed door in March 1991.

The jury will reconvene March 9 to decide whether Mrs. Larzelere should be sentenced to life in prison or death in the electric chair.

The victim’s parents, Norman and Lucy Larzelere, were in court for the verdict.

″So many people have been hurt,″ Lucy Larzelere said. ″We only advocate that whatever the sentence may be, that it will not permit Virginia to ever hurt anybody again.″

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