Trial set for Leibel shooting
April 22, 2014
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.
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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.