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Opening Arguments in Case of New Jersey Woman Accused of Dismembering, Moving With Ex-Husband

A jury will decide the fate of a Jersey Shore woman accused of killing and dismembering her husband then moving at least twice with the remains -- keeping the body parts in her closet for years.

Attorneys made opening arguments Wednesday afternoon Atlantic County court in in the murder trial of Loretta Doyle Burroughs.

Burroughs, now 63, stands accused of stabbing her former husband, Danny Burroughs, to death inside the couple's Hamilton Township home in 2007. Prosecutors said she stuffed parts of the 66-year-old man into two containers. He was listed as missing for six years as Burroughs told people that her husband left her.

In 2013, crime scene investigators found the remains while inside Burroughs' Ventnor home while executing a search warrant for documents related to an embezzlement case. They found the containers in a closet. Officials believe the man's body was moved several times.


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"From what I understand, they were there to look for some bank records for embezzlement," said Danny's daughter, Caroline Burroughs. "They weren't there looking for my father. They just stumbled upon him."

Burroughs already pleaded not guilty to murder and related offenses.

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