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UPDATE: Jury finds Amber Richardson guilty

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MONROE COUNTY (WVVA) - A woman accused of conspiring with her lover to kill her husband has been found guilty.

A Monroe County jury found Amber Richardson guilty of both accessory to murder and conspiracy. She was sentenced to life with an additional 1-5 years on the conspiracy conviction.

There was no recommendation of mercy.

The jury deliberated for approximately a half hour Wednesday afternoon before returning with the verdict.

Prosecutors alleged Richardson and Joshua Hubbard conspired to kill Danny Ray Richardson last year. Danny Richardson's body was found buried in a shallow grave with two gunshot wounds.

Earlier Wednesday, Richardson testified that she only wanted a divorce from Danny Ray Richardson, but Josh Hubbard "pushed for murder." She also said that she did everything "like Josh told me to," including putting out the clothes and sleeping bag for him to use to hide the body.

The defense rested following Amber Richardson's testimony.

Day two of the fast-paced trial began with Amber's father, James Nichols, telling the court that his daughter initially told him that Danny Ray Richardson had left --- but he didn't buy it.

Nichols said he asked his other daughter to file a missing person report on Danny Ray, but the whole situation didn't seem right -- it "made the hair on the back of (his) neck stand up."

Nichols said he knew that Danny Ray would never leave his children.

The jury also saw photos of Danny Ray's body in decay with a bullet wound in the back of his head. The state medical examiner confirmed bullet wounds to head and left arm, along with facial bruising and scalp lacerations.

Text messages were also presented that prosecutors said proved that Amber plotted to kill her husband.

One of the texts read, "Time to hunt." Prosecutors claim that Josh Hubbard sent this to Amber about Danny Ray.



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MONROE COUNTY (WVVA) - The trial is underway for a woman accused of conspiring to kill her husband in an apparent lover's triangle turned deadly.

Amber Richardson is accused in connection with the murder of her husband, Danny Ray Richardson in June 2013.

In opening arguments Tuesday, Prosecutor Justin St. Clair said the Amber conspired with her lover, Joshua Hubbard to kill her husband so the two could be together.

St. Clair said that Amber didn't pull the trigger, but her part in orchestrating the murder proves her guilty.

Danny Ray Richardson was shot two times, then dragged and buried in a shallow grave near a chicken coop at the Richardson's home in the Flat Mountain area.

Defense Attorney Jeff Rogers said in opening arguments that this trial is not about what happened, but whether Amber should be held accountable for it.

Rogers said Amber was unhappy in her marriage, but it was Josh who made the decision to kill Danny Ray.

Rogers said Amber and Danny Ray had three children together and that Amber had a clean criminal record, but she doesn't deny cheating on her husband.

First witnesses were expected to be called after lunch.
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