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Miss. Man to Pay for Destroying Marriage

August 8, 2003

WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) _ Another man stole his wife’s heart, so Albert Edwin Holcombe Jr. sued. A jury says his broken heart is worth $175,000.

Harry Stevens was ordered by a jury to pay $175,000 for breaking up a marriage.

Holcombe claimed Stevens had an affair with and destroyed his marriage to his now ex-wife, Andrea Holcombe.

Stevens argued in county court documents that there was no love lost between the couple.

According to court records, the couple were married in 1980 and had three children. They separated in 1998 and were divorced in 1999.

Andrea Holcombe said in an affidavit that by late 1996 and early 1997, the marriage was nonexistent.

Tyson Graham, Eddie Holcombe’s lawyer, said such cases are usually settled out of court. Stevens’ attorney declined comment.

According to the court record, Andrea Holcombe was an accountant at the same firm where Stevens was a senior partner. She has since left the firm.

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