The killer widow Alishia Noel-Murray, 29, and hitman 27-year-old Kirk Portious stood trial before separate juries in different trials for plotting and assassinating Omar Murray four years ago, but the verdict was the same.
In each case it took the jury less than three hours to find the defendant’s guilty of all charges. Not surprising, sentencing today, echoed the same trend for the unrepentant woman and her shooter: Life spent in prison without the possibility of parole.
The grief-stricken Murray family could not have been more relieved as their son’s killer showed no remorse, rolling her eyes during their victim impact statements and refusing to apologize to them.
“I thought she loved my brother,” said Andrew Knight, the brother of Omar Murray, who was murdered on Feb. 24, 2013, inside the home he shared with his wife, the murder suspsect, Alishia Noel-Murray.
Noel-Murray made a solo attempt to kill her husband months earlier, in October 2012 by poisoning his dinner after she found out he cheated on her with a prostitute.
When that plan failed, she engaged in an affair with Dameon Lovell and confided in him to solicit someone to kill Murray.
Lovell, 33, testified in Brooklyn Supreme Court against Noel-Murray. After seeking in vain to have his lover avoid killing by suggesting a beat down of her husband Lovell said, he found a cheap hitman, Kirk Portious, who took on the contract for $3500 with a $55 down payment. The hit procurer was jailed 15 years, in exchange for his testimony, avoiding life in prison.
A jury took only three hours to convict Noel-Murray of first-degree murder.
Portious was found guilty by a separate jury for firing three bullets into Murray’s body at 204 Lott Ave. in Brooklyn as his wife, Noel-Murray coldly hid in an upstairs bedroom with her 10-month-old baby.
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Reacting to his sister-in-law’s detached demeanor, the victim’s brother Andrew Knight said “The man who murdered your husband is sitting right there and this whole trial she acted like it was nothing, she showed no remorse, no emotion,” said Knight, with a shake of his head while holding back the tears, during his victim impact statement on Thursday.
Alishia and Omar on their wedding day
Noel-Murray told Lovell that she was the beneficiary of three separate life insurance policies out on her husband and she needed him dead to cash in and clear up her finances.
“She didn’t care about Omar, only herself, he was a $900,000 check,” said Assistant District Attorney Emily Dean to the Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Noel-Murray was not pinned to the murder for over a year and during that time she remarried, prosecutors said during the trial.
“She continues to maintain her innocence,” said Wynton Sharpe, Noel-Murray’s defense attorney.
“Alishia you can spend the next 900,000 years in prison, one for each dollar you thought you’d get for my son’s life. Our family is moving on, but you will always think of us,” said Murray’s cousin Nicole Barten as she read a letter on behalf of his mother, Eunice Ashley Henry.
Noel-Murray nonchalantly listened to each family member speak, pouting and rolling her eyes in between, before the judge sent her away for life.
Portious declined to give a statement or show remorse to Murray’s heartbroken family.
Two weeks ago, it had taken a jury less than three hours to convict the scheming widow in the cold-blooded plotting of her husband’s death to cash in on $900,000 in life insurance claims.
Relieved: Omar’s mom Eunice Ashley Henry, [center] hugs her niece Nicole Barten, outside Court in Brooklyn,Thursday following the sentencing of her daughter-in-law Alishia Noel-Murray and shooter Kirk Portious, to life witout possibility of parole
On June 8 Jurors found Alishia Noel-Murray guilty of murder, attempted murder and weapon possession in the Feb. 23, 2013 assassination of her husband Omar Murray.
“She’s a real monster,” Murray’s mother, Eunice Ashley Henry, 59, said after the verdict.
Henry clapped her hands in prayer and looked up. “I’m ecstatic. I’m overwhelmed,” she said. “But I’m still missing my son.”
Noel-Murray plotted with her lover, Dameon Lovell, to hire a hitman for $3,500 to kill Murray so she could collect on three life insurance policies.
Lovell cooperated with prosecutors in exchange for 15 years to life in prison.
The alleged shooter, Kirk Portious, murdered Murray in their Lott Ave. home in Brownsville.