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April 22, 2014
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Trial set for Leibel shooting

A Round Hill woman, who claimed her husband committed suicide, pleaded not guilty Monday to open murder with use of a firearm.

District Judge Michael Gibbons set an eight-day trial for Tatiana Leibel, beginning Sept. 2.

Leibel is in Douglas County Jail on $1 million bail or bond.

On Feb. 23, Leibel called 911 from their home and claimed her 64-year-old husband Harvey committed suicide.

Investigators believe she shot the victim twice, and tried to make it look like a suicide.

She was arrested two days later and charged with open murder with the use of a firearm. The District Attorney’s Office filed notice it will not seek the death penalty.

Leibel, 50, has no prior criminal history.

If convicted, she faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

An open murder charge allows a jury to determine the degree. Jurors would be instructed on first-degree, second-degree, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.

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The Record Courier Updated Aug 21, 2014 03:46PM Published Apr 22, 2014 12:46PM Copyright 2014 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.