Appeals court upholds convictions in deadly Closet Casanova Case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the conviction of a woman and her lover in the slaying of her husband.

A Davidson County jury convicted Martha Freeman and Rafael Rocha-Perez in 2006.

They were sentenced to life in the death of businessman Jeffrey Freeman, who was strangled and beaten in April 2005 at the Freemans' Nashville home. Prosecutors said Rocha-Perez had been living in the couple's home without the husband's knowledge.

Freeman argued the trial court erred by admitting a nude photo of the lover and by refusing to allow a recorded 911 call that could have helped the wife's case.

The appeals court upheld the trial court's judgement in a ruling issued Monday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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