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Lord's widow appeals murder conviction

The widow of the 10th Earl of Shaftesbury Earl of Shaftesbury is a title in the Peerage of England. It was created in 1672 for Sir Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 2nd Baronet, a prominent politician in the Cabal then dominating the policies of King Charles II. , jailed for plotting to murder the aristocrat in 2004, appeared in a court in southern France Southern France (or the South of France), colloquially known as Le Midi, is a loosely defined geographical area consisting of the regions of France that border the Atlantic Ocean south of the Gironde, Spain, the Mediterranean Sea, Italy, and Switzerland south of the  Wednesday to appeal her conviction.

Wearing a dark-print blouse, Jamila M'Barek, 48, took the stand to confirm her identity as the trial opened in Aix en Provence, in presence of the victim's son, sister and ex-wife.

Jamila M'Barek and her brother Mohamed were jailed for 25 years in 2007 for plotting to kill 66-year-old Anthony Ashley-Cooper Anthony Ashley-Cooper is the name of eleven of the twelve Earls of Shaftesbury, only the sixth having Anthony as no part of his name:
  • Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury (1621-1683)
  • Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 2nd Earl of Shaftesbury (1652-1699)
, out of fear an impending im·pend  
intr.v. im·pend·ed, im·pend·ing, im·pends
1. To be about to occur: Her retirement is impending.

2.
 divorce would threaten Jamila's inheritance.

Believing her to be pregnant, the earl wrote Jamila into his will when they married in 2002, leaving her a large chunk of his multi-million dollar estate. But in 2004 their marriage broke down and he was seeing another woman.

The earl's decomposing body was found in April 2005 on a patch of wasteland on the French Riviera, five months after he disappeared from his home in Cannes. Forensic tests showed he had been strangled stran·gle  
v. stran·gled, stran·gling, stran·gles

v.tr.
1.
a. To kill by squeezing the throat so as to choke or suffocate; throttle.

b.
.

Jamila M'Barek's lawyer intends to call for her acquittal, arguing that there was no plot to kill him.

Her brother insisted at the original trial that he killed the lord in a fit of anger, denying the murder was planned.

Since the trial, Mohammed M'Barek has been interned in a psychiatric ward, and his initial plans to appeal have been dropped.

The court heard Wednesday that he was in an "incoherent and mostly delirious de·lir·i·ous
adj.
Of, suffering from, or characteristic of delirium.
 state" and would be unable to testify as planned.

The verdict is expected on February 13.
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