Prosecutors ask judge for OK to present evidence of staged burglary in woman's murder trial


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WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania — Prosecutors are asking a northeastern Pennsylvania judge to allow them to present evidence that a woman charged in the shooting death of her live-in boyfriend once staged a purported burglary at her residence.

Thirty-year-old Jessica Alinsky is charged in the September 2011 shooting death of 34-year-old Matthew Gailie at their Hazle Township home. She has maintained that he shot himself in the face during a dispute.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens' Voice ( ) reports that Luzerne County prosecutors argue that Alinsky staged the scene to make it look like suicide, and they argue that they should be able to offer evidence of a fabricated burglary six months earlier.

Alinsky pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in April but withdrew the plea in May. Prosecutors are now seeking a first-degree murder conviction.

Information from: The Citizens' Voice,

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