Today, in Randolph County, Melba Slaydon, 73, took an Alford plea (no contest) to the 1st degree murder of her husband. Mr. Slaydon died mysteriously in 2007.
The plea, which Ms. Slaydon entered while maintaining her innocence, guarantees that her son, Ronald Gibbs, who is also charged, will not face the death penalty in his trial later this year.
The plea was entered on the 2nd day of jury selection. Ms. Slaydon was sentenced to life without possibility of parole.