FULL TEXT: Holly Springs, Miss. – A woman convicted of stabbing two husbands to death in less than a year has received a 20-year prison sentence for manslaughter in the latest slaying.
Circuit Judge W.W. Brown gave Mary Lou Martin, 28, the maximum sentence for manslaughter Friday in the 1986 death of her husband, Charles Martin of Byhalla.
Authorities found Martin’s body on May 7, 1986, in the bedroom of the couple’s home. Martin, 38, died of stab wounds to the chest.
The Martin woman, charged originally with murder, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced charge of manslaughter. According to authorities, the killing occurred after a heated argument.
Just a year earlier, she had been married to Dwight Rush of Memphis, Tenn. According to authorities, the killing occurred after a heated argument.
A Shelby county, Tenn., judge gave her a two-year prison sentence that was suspended. She also was placed on probation for five years.
[“Woman sentenced for killing second husband,” Sunday Tribune (Lewiston, Id.), May 31, 1987, p. 2A]
For links to other cases of woman who murdered 2 or more husbands (or paramours), see Black Widow Serial Killers.