Friends Testify in Craven Trial

Published: Nov. 15, 2002 at 2:22 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 6, 2009 at 3:52 PM EST
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From police to a marriage councilor to acquaintances, testimony played out this week in the trial of Adele Craven.

The Edgewood woman stands accused of hiring a hitman to kill her airline pilot husband, Stephen, two years ago. Thursday, prosecutors grilled a few friends perceptive of the couple's interaction in the weeks before the murder.

"She didn't want to have relations with him, sexual relations," started Debbie Stacey. "At that point, it was making her skin crawl for him to touch her."

However, no one taking the stand apparently knew of Craven's affair with Rusty McIntire, an airport baggage handler who already pleaded guilty to conspiracy as part of a deal to avoid capital punishment. Earlier testimony centered on the cop who found the 38-year-old Delta employee's body.

"There was something more to this than an accident," maintained sergeant Robert Behr.

"She was not emotional, but seemed to be stressed," added police chief Steve Volmer.

The Cravens had visited a marriage councilor only five days earlier.

"She was very tearful. She cried a lot," recalled Sandra Morganthaw. "He said they didn't have problems that are typical like gambling, drinking, and affairs."