Jury acquits New Mexico woman charged in death of husband

A jury has acquitted a woman accused of killing her Air Force major husband after a party at the couple’s New Mexico home more than five years ago.

Jurors had begun deliberations Tuesday morning after five days of testimony.

The judge told the jury to decide one of three outcomes: guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of voluntary manslaughter or not guilty by self-defense.

 Amy Herrera was accused of fatally shooting her husband Marc Herrera after the two hosted a party for Ecuadorian exchange students in June 2012.

Prosecutors say the two disappeared into their room after Marc Herrera pulled a gun on one of the students and Amy Herrera intervened. Minutes later, he was lying dead in the master bedroom closet.

Prosecutors argued that Amy Herrera shot him and wasn’t acting in self-defense.

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