A Fairfax County jury began deliberations last night in the capital murder trial of Jamie A. Scarborough, 44, accused of hiring two men for $7,000 to kill her estranged husband.
If the Circuit-Court jury returns a guilty verdict, it could recommend that Scarbourough be executed in Virginia's electric chair.
The defendant's hushand, George Harold Scarborough, 45, who operated a gas station in Springfield, was shot to death as he entered his town house at 6541 Yadkin Ct., Franconia, last Jan. 31.
Two 21-year-old Clinton, Md., men, Charles D. Stewart and James T. Clark Jr., have been convicted of murdering Scarborough, and juries have recommended the death penalty for both. In exchange for Stewart's testimony against Mrs. Scarborough at her trial this week, Fairfax Commonwealth's Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr. said he will recommend that Stewart be sentenced to life imprisonment.
Horan said last night he will also recommend life imprisonment for Scarborough if she is convicted.
Yesterday the jury heard Horan say in his closing arguments that Scarborough "stood to benefit from her husband's death." he mentioned the $100,000 she realized from the sale of her husband's Texaco station after his death.
Mrs. Scarborough took the witness stand on Thursday to deny that she had anything to do with a plot to kill her husband and told the jury that although they were separated, they were close to reuniting.
Her attorney, Guy O. Farley, told the jury yesterday there was no substantial evidence to involve Mrs. Scarborough in a murder-for-hire plot.
Among the witnesses at the trial, which began Monday, was Betty M. Holler, 38, who testified Mrs. Scarborough had asked her to find someone to kill her husband and that Mrs. Scarborough paid the men she found - Stewart and Clark - $7,000 for the slaying.
Holler also faces trial on a capital murder charge for which she could receive the death sentence if convicted. Her trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday.
Testifying yesterday was Abraham Mobarek, an Alexandra hair stylist who said he had dated Mrs. Scarborough.
Mobarek told the jury the defendant had asked him to kill her husband for $10,000 on two occasions last October. He said he refused.