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Barbara Stager, 60, declined to speak with WRAL News, and no relatives, friends or former attorneys would speak on her behalf.Russell and Barbara Stager married less than a year after Ford's death, said Snow, who remained on good terms with her ex-husband.Murderpedia has thousands of hours of work behind it.To keep creating new content, we kindly appreciate any donation you can give to help the Murderpedia project stay alive.Russell Stager appeared to have it all in the late 1980s. Prosecutors didn't believe Barbara Stager's story, and after a sensational 1989 trial in Lee County the case had to be moved from Durham because of intense publicity a jury deliberated less than an hour before convicting her of first-degree murder in her husband's death.He was a respected baseball coach at Durham High School and had a loving wife. Twenty years later, Barbara Stager is up for parole.We have many plans and enthusiasm to keep expanding and making Murderpedia a better site, but we really need your help for this. (born October 30, 1948) is an American woman who was convicted in 1989 of murdering her husband, Russell Stager, in 1988.Stager is also suspected of the earlier murder of her first husband, Larry Ford, who died in nearly identical circumstances. on 1 February 1988, the police in Durham, North Carolina got a call from Mrs. She told the responding officers that her husband kept a handgun under his pillow when he slept, and that she must have touched it as she stirred in her sleep, causing it to discharge and kill Mr. At first the police accepted this account and ruled the incident an accidental shooting.
He said he vividly remembers the day Barbara Stager was sentenced to death, a sentence that was later overturned on procedural grounds and replaced by a sentence of life in prison. We conclude that the guilt-innocence determination phase of the defendant's trial was free from prejudicial error. Douglas Griffin of the Lebanon First Responders was the first person to arrive. The bedroom door was open approximately two inches.Aftermath Barbara Stager had a parole hearing in March 2009.She was denied parole at that time and given a new parole review date for 2012."She's the pillar of the community during the day, but behind closed doors at night, she's another woman. Snow said she fears not only for her safety if Stager is released, but also the emotions that return whenever her ex-husband's death is replayed. He gave an awful lot to his community and to his family," she said. There was a twelve to eighteen inch blood stain on the pillow behind Russell's head, and blood was coming from his nose and mouth."Whenever we talk about Russ or we act on his behalf, he sort of comes alive again for us, and then when that is over, we have to bury him again." Supreme Court of North Carolina North Carolina v. [329 NC Page 286] There also was blood on the hair on the back left side of his head.
"Life then was (a minimum of) 20 years, and here we are 20 years later," he said. However, errors during the sentencing proceeding require that the sentence of death be vacated and that this case be remanded to the Superior Court for a new sentencing proceeding complying with the recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in Mc Koy v. When the door opened, the light came on in the darkened bedroom and the defendant appeared at the door.