- Associated Press - Sunday, December 25, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A woman was charged in her stepfather’s killing after she revealed details that had not yet been released to the public, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Friday that Daphne Conklin Norwood mentioned that William Blackwell was killed with a shotgun in Ewing in October before that detail had been released, NJ.com reported (https://bit.ly/2igo5Rs).

Conklin Norwood is charged as an accomplice and her husband, Lewis Norwood, is charged with shooting Blackwell in the back of his head. The Washington, D.C., residents were arrested in Enterprise, Alabama.

Conklin Norwood’s attorney, Kathleen Redpath-Perez, said she could have learned about the shotgun detail from witnesses or neighbors.

She pinned most of the blame on Lewis Norwood. She says he had a contentious relationship with Blackwell because he was upset Norwood left junk on a property he owned in Stockton.

Investigators at first didn’t think Conklin Norwood was involved in the shooting because she was in Washington at the time of the killing. But Assistant Prosecutor Michael Borgos said that she told police in one interview that she was waiting for a financial settlement on her father’s estate and then raised the type of gun used in the crime.

“She said, ‘You know what happened to my dad? He was killed with a shotgun,’” Borgos said.

Cellphone records showed that Norwood called his wife minutes before the 3 a.m. shooting and again while driving back to Washington.

Conklin Norwood’s bail was reduced from $750,000 to $250,000 after a judge noted her mental instability.

She hid her face in her hands, sobbed and murmured while prosecutors discussed her alleged involvement Friday.


Information from: NJ Advance Media.

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