This dedicated wife and mother, Elicia Hughes was acquitted of all charges of killing her unfaithful husband, after 2 trials. She was facing a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Elicia Hughes was a very well respected teacher who lived in the suburbs with her late husband, Brian Hughes. She worked an honest job while her husband flipped burgers, after leaving his trucking job that earned him $60,000 a year. Elicia Hughes remained faithful to her husband until his death. Unlike Betty Broderick (the San Diego woman who was accused of killing her successful husband who was an attorney and made preparations to leave her for his 26 year old secretary), she was not a home maker and host of parties, but regularly did her job as a teacher. It is a proven fact that Elicia Hughes did not murder her cheating husband, but many times endured emotional distress from his discreet affairs with other women. Brian Hughes had a few girlfriends and was even speaking on his cell phone to one while entering his home, the very night of his murder. Elicia Hughes loved Brian and there was no indication of her being a treacherous woman who was out to get revenge.
The murder occurred on the night of June 3, 2004, something Elicia Hughes did not expect. On the night of Brian Hughes murder, Elicia had already put their little girls to sleep when he arrived home late at night. She was looking for him to arrive home, but not be murdered in the front doorway in cold blood. She was in bed reading a book when suddenly she heard gunshots. Elicia Hughes tried so very hard to trust Brian, although she knew about his mistresses. The family of Brian Hughes does not deny, they knew he was planning to leave Elicia. His mother claimed Brian admitted Elicia had a mean streak in her, he admired her beauty. However, Pat, Brian’s mother said she did not believe Elicia would kill her son until a trace of gun shot residue was discovered on the back of her left hand, which pushed for Elicia’s arrest. An expert admitted gun residue can show up on anyone’s hand just simply by touching them, not necessarily by handling a gun. On January 3, 2007, Elicia Hughes went on trial for killing her husband. Prosecutors, Stanley Alexander and Rebecca Mansell thought they had enough evidence to convict Elicia, because of forensic evidence and she was the only one in the house at the time. After 2 months of being in jail, the judge ruled that Elicia Hughes get another fair trial, because the jury of mostly white was not racially balanced. The family of Brian Hughes was very angry because of it.
Brian’s girlfriend, Robbi testified she was the girlfriend talking to him on his cell phone, the very night he was killed as he walked in his front door. She claimed he suddenly told her he would call her back. She remembered asking him, if she was present in the room and he told her, “yes.” However, it was not mentioned to the prosecutors, at first.
Although, one neighbor said he heard gunshots and saw no one running away in the darkened night, another neighbor said she did hear a car back up and skid away. If so, who was sped off from the murder scene? Who killed Brian Hughes? Was it one of his girlfriends who killed him? Certainly, it was not Elicia Hughes running away from the scene, if she was still in the house discovering her husband’s lifeless body.