ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jurors ate sandwiches and chips Thursday while deliberating whether Judy Buenoano, a convicted child killer known as the 'black widow,' murdered her first husband by feeding him arsenic.
Prosecutors, who have called Buenoano 'a black widow' who killed to collect insurance benefits, have said they will seek the death penalty if she is convicted of murdering James Goodyear.
The 43-year-old mother was convicted last year of drowning her paraplegic teenage son and attempting to murder her fiance with a car bomb. She is also suspected, but not charged, with poisoning her second husband, Bobby Joe Morris.
The jury, which got the case at 1:15 p.m. EST, is deliberating whether Buenoano poisoned Goodyear, her first husband, in 1971 three months after he returned home from Vietnam duty with the Air Force.
Defense attorney James Johnston asked the jury to consider carefully whether Buenoano would kill her husband just because she was unhappy in married life and had had several affairs.
But prosecutor Belvin Perry said, 'Divorce wouldn't give her $28,000 in insurance benefits and divorce wouldn't give her the VA benefits.'
Defense witnesses raised the possibility that the arsenic which killed Goodyear may have come from chemical defoliants he was exposed to in Vietnam.
But Dr. Robert Braman, a University of South Florida chemist, testified that Agent Blue, a defoliant used in Vietnam, contained arsenic. But he said someone would have to drink about 12 gallons of Agent Blue to reach the levels found in Goodyear's liver.
Buenoano took the stand Tuesday, denied she poisoning her husband and insisted he was sick when he returned from Vietnam.
'He was not feeling well when he got off the plane,' Buenoano said. 'He was nauseous all the time. He saw things. His skin started to turn yellow.'
While Buenoano was testifying, an appellate court upheld her first-degree murder conviction for drowning her handicapped 19-year-old son, Michael Goodyear.
She was sentenced to life in prison for killing Michael and for trying to kill her fiance, John Gentry, with a bomb planted in his car.
Buenoano has acknowledged receiving $28,000 in life insurance after Goodyear's death, $125,000 for Michael's death and $50,000 for Morris' death. She said she was the beneficiary of a $500,000 policy on Gentry.