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She corralled another lawyer to administer CPR while she gave specific instructions on the procedure and urged him on until medical personnel arrived. In spite of the efforts, she said court security later informed her that the man died.

Bui Simon burst into tears after the incident. She said she takes CPR training once a year because she has children.

She later returned to the courtroom and testimony continued.

After Liete left the stand, her ex-husband, John O’Connell, testified that during their brief marriage she threatened his life and those of his four cats and he was forced to flee with the animals in fear. He said Liete told him that she once punched a co-worker in the face and that she wanted to kill someone who owed her $5. He said he obtained a restraining order, which she violated, and at one point, police were called during a fight.

The lawsuit also involves a former chauffeur’s claims against the Simons, but his portion of the case will not be heard until after a jury is chosen, according to lawyers.

Herb Simon, 75, has a net worth of $1.4 billion, according to Forbes. His family founded Simon Property Group, a shopping mall company headquartered in the Indianapolis area. The couple also has a home there.