Alishia Noel-Murray (Photo Source: Facebook/ Alishia Noel-Murray)

Alishia Noel-Murray (Photo Source: Facebook/ Alishia Noel-Murray)

Apparently, for Alishia Noel-Murray, 28, her marriage to Omar Murray, 37, was unhappy and she decided to change it dramatically. Although the couple had a 10-month-old son at the time, it did not stop Noël-Murray from trying to kill her son’s father. In 2012, she poisoned her husband but he recovered from the attempt and did not know his wife was behind the scheme.

She was having an extramarital relationship with Dameon Lovell, 32, and soon the pair was devising a way to kill Murray. Noel-Murray asked her boyfriend to find someone to kill Murray and she took out $900K in life insurance policies months before the pair found a hitman. The first attempt occurred on Feb. 6, 2013, but the gunman missed and Murray escaped with his life. Lovell then hired another hit man for $3,500 and Murray was shot to death in his home and with his own gun as he returned from a local store. The murder was originally considered a botched robbery attempt; however, within eight days, Noel-Murray was considered a suspect.

Omar Murray, victim (Photo Source: Prosecutor handout)

Omar Murray, victim (Photo source: Prosecutor handout)

After Murray was shot, his wife called 911 and stated there was an active shooter in the building and area, so paramedics were unable to render crucial medical aid. Noel-Murray waited two days and then tried to cash in on policies worth $530K and $200K with National Benefit Life Insurance. A third policy was also held by another insurance company. The insurance companies refused to pay and Noel-Murray received media coverage as a grieving widow facing financial ruin over the situation.

Noel-Murray’s murder trial started this week in Brooklyn Supreme Court and she is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. Lovell, her former boyfriend, made a plea bargain with prosecutors and will testify against Noel-Murray and the hitman in exchange for a 15-year prison sentence.

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.