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This woman wants parole after murdering her husband in 1985


In 1985, Linda Couch was sentenced to life in prison for what Ohio prosecutors then called a cold, calculated killing of her husband.

Now Couch is up for parole, but Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is fighting her possible freedom.

During her trial for the murder of husband, Walter, Couch wept and held a rosary.

She even reenacted the shooting, calling it an accident, even though he was shot in the back of the head.

"I didn't know at the time if anyone was going to believe me, that this could be an accident," she said when she took the stand in 1985.

To cover it up she buried his body in a shallow grave. "It was one of the most calculated murders we've ever dealt with in Hamilton County history," said Dueters.

Couch painted a picture of a controlling and abusive husband. She said he hit her the night she shot him.

However, Deters said that's not the case. "That battered woman syndrome is total BS in this case. It just didn't happen, it just didn't happen."

Cincinnati homicide's detectives timeline shows a murder plot: On September 28, Linda forged the deed to the house and transferred it into her name. Ten days later, she bought a gun and picked it up the day before she sent the kids to the grandparents' house for the weekend. Walter was killed that Saturday.

The following week, she spent $1,300 on new furniture, a new car and a vacation.

Couch told the children their father left them. They didn't know that his body was in the rolled-up carpet that she had them carry upstairs.

Couch was able to get her children, a neighbor, and his even Wlater's father to help dig the hole that would ultimately become Walter's grave. She explained the need to dig the hole by telling them that she wanted a garden but there was an erosion problem.

Walter's father became suspicious and came back with a shovel days later. He found his son. "Think how brutally cold it is to involve your children in burying of their father, the husband's father, the neighbors," said Deters.

The prosecution said motive the for the murderous plot was because Linda was tired of her marriage and wanted out.

Deters says some people should never get out of prison and Linda Couch is one of them.

Couch's parole hearing is in February.

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