A woman in Texas who was convicted of murdering her former husband and then blaming the crime on her former boyfriend has been denied a new trial by the Supreme Court.
The case of Jennifer Lee Buell, 28, who was found guilty in 2016 of the murder of her ex-husband, Patrick Buella, was sent back to a judge for further proceedings after the jury found her guilty of first-degree murder.
Ms Bueell was sentenced to life in prison without parole after her first trial in February 2017.
In a court filing filed on Wednesday, lawyers for the Texas Supreme Court said Ms BueLL “had no evidence that she was the victim of an act of violence perpetrated by the defendant”, and argued she had been coerced into testifying against her former partner by prosecutors and police.
Ms Lee, who lived with her parents and two children in Dallas, pleaded not guilty at her first court appearance in December 2017 and pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in March.
Ms Bueslage was sentenced in August to life without parole and three years probation.
She was also ordered to pay the costs of Ms Buesll’s trial and her attorney fees.
The case came to light when Ms Bucell was arrested in January 2018.
A detective with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office told a court that Ms Buhll told police she was attacked and stabbed to death by her former lover in April 2016.
Ms Buell was convicted in May of first degree murder and sentenced to death, but she was denied a chance to apply for a new jury, and a request to retry the case was denied.
Ms Buella’s lawyers argued that the trial was conducted in a way that left her with no credible evidence to convict her.
“There was no way that we could have obtained any meaningful proof that Ms Lee was the person that was responsible for her husband’s death,” said the lawyers, who include Texas attorney Daniel Crespo.
They said the state’s case against Ms Buelah relied on testimony from a third party who had been involved in an altercation with her at a motel in July 2016, but did not provide any other credible evidence.
However, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in October 2018 that Ms Crespos arguments were invalid because she had failed to provide evidence that could have been used in a new criminal trial.
During a sentencing hearing in February, Ms Buedll told the court that she had no idea the defendant had killed her husband until after she was raped.
The hearing was held under a special rules that allow judges to consider mitigating circumstances, such as mitigating mental health factors, and evidence of a person’s past behaviour or past criminal convictions.