PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV/Gray News) – A jury has decided that romance novelist Nancy Crampton-Brophy was responsible for the 2018 murder of her husband, Daniel Brophy.
KPTVName reports that his seven-week trial ended this week with an hour-long rebuttal from the prosecution.
Prosecutor Shawn Overstreet made a last ditch effort to convince the jury that 71-year-old Nancy Crampton-Brophy was guilty of murder. He painted the defense case as one full of lies and dubious testimony.
“If you’re trying to make sense of this in your head and you’re like ‘I don’t understand’, it’s because the defense hopes your confusion somehow amounts to reasonable doubts, and I can assure you that the confusion is beyond reasonable doubt,” Overstreet said.
Authorities said Daniel Brophy, 63, was killed on June 2, 2018, while preparing to work at the Oregon Culinary Institute in southwest Portland.
Overstreet explained that Crampton-Brophy said she was driving in the same area as the Culinary Institute of Oregon at the same time Brophy was shot and killed, but did not recall being behind the wheel, calling his muddled alibi explanation.
He also backtracked on Crampton-Brophy’s claims that the last time she saw her husband was early that morning when he was tending to a leaking sink. Again, telling the jury that his alibi didn’t match.
“The reality is that the last time Nancy saw Dan was when she stood over him and then looked him in the eye as he breathed his last life, paralyzed and injured” , said Overstreet. “He wasn’t dead yet. So she looked him in the eye and pulled the trigger one last time. It was the last time she saw him.
Defense attorneys for Crampton-Brophy argued that a homeless man followed Brophy into the culinary institute and shot and killed him.
“The defense wants you to believe there was a homelessness problem when witness after witness said there wasn’t,” Overstreet said.
Overstreet ended his rebuttal by reminding the jury that Crampton-Brophy had testified that anyone was capable of killing.
“Nancy is guilty of murdering her husband, and it’s up to you to bring justice to Dan Brophy and the rest of the Brophy family,” Overstreet said. “I ask you to return the guilty verdict.”
She stood silent and motionless in the courtroom as the jury entered the courtroom. She sat motionless as the judge read out the guilty verdict in court.
Brophy’s mother, Karen Brophy, said it took three and a half years, but she’s grateful for the support from the community.
“I want them to know that we are very happy, and I feel like Portland learned that our son was a great guy through the trial, and we really miss him,” Karen Brophy said.
Crampton-Brophy defense attorney Lisa Maxfield said the team hoped for a different outcome and planned to appeal.
Sentencing of the 71-year-old is scheduled for June 13 at 9 a.m.
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