- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Jurors convicted a Tuscaloosa County woman of murder Thursday in the shooting death of her ex-husband, rejecting her claims that she was afraid of the man because of past beatings and sexual abuse.

The panel deliberated about 90 minutes before returning the verdict against Tracey Grissom, 32, of Northport.

Grissom, who has a child, faces a prison term of 10 years to life at her sentencing, set for Sept. 2.

Allowed to remain free on bond by Circuit Judge John England, Grissom cried as a deputy led her out of court past cameras.

Hunter Grissom, 27, was shot to death at a boat ramp where he was working on Lake Tuscaloosa in May 2012. Two co-workers witnessed the slaying and testified against the woman.

Describing Tracey Grissom as a cold-blooded killer, prosecutors argued she shot the man because she wanted to collect more than $100,000 in life insurance.

Grissom testified she stopped at the boat landing to take a photo of her ex-husband working on the day of the slaying. She said she wanted to use it as evidence to get child support in their divorce case.

Grissom said she opened fire in self-defense as the man approached her car.

“At that point, I didn’t know what else to do except to defend myself,” she told jurors.

The defense said Hunter Grissom abused Tracey Grissom, and he was awaiting trial on rape and sexual assault charges at the time of his killing.

Grissom had pleaded innocent by reason of insanity or mental defect, but jurors rejected the defense.

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