Judge Allows Throneberry Statements to Police

JANUARY 9, 2007 - Posted at 7:40 a.m. CST

CLINTON, Ark. (AP) - A judge has ruled that a jury can hear statements Ann Throneberry made to police about the 2004 slaying of her husband.

Throneberry is charged with capital murder in the death of her husband, Ted, and trial in Van Buren County is set to start January 23.

Prosecutors say Ann Throneberry helped co-defendants William James Frazier and Mark Holsombach escape after a March 22nd, 2004, shootout with an Arkansas State Police trooper. She also is charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Police say Frazier and Holsombach fled into the Ozark mountains, along with Ann Throneberry, who police said was having an affair with Holsombach. The three were captured in early April 2004.

Holsombach was sentenced in November 2005 to life without parole in the case. Frazier was sentenced in May 2006 to 30 years in prison after pleading no contest to a reduced charge of first-degree murder.

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