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Murder-For-Hire Trial Continues

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Veronica Bozza Veronica Bozza
Timothy Bozza Timothy Bozza
Cory Cotham Cory Cotham

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Prosecutors spent the day Monday trying to convince the jury just who killed Veronica Bozza a young, Nashville mother found murdered inside her home back in 2010.

Veronica's estranged husband Timothy Bozza took the stand as a prosecution witness. Bozza told the jurors he and Veronica were married for 17 years. They had a child together, but something happened and they separated. In fact, both were dating new people.

Then, there was a disagreement over child custody. Instead of a 50-50 child custody split it went in favor of Veronica. Then in August 2010 Veronica's boyfriend found her shot to death inside her Nashville home.

Surveillance video from two businesses show her estranged husband was not at the house when she was killed. Although several calls were made between Bozza and suspect Cory Cotham around the time of the murder, but Bozza denies having anything to do with it.

In opening arguments prosecutors said he would testify that he hired Cotham to kill his wife.

Officers testified that Veronica's cell phone was taken by the killer. They say her cell and Cotham's cell phone pinged on the exact same towers after the murder. But police said that Cotham's finger prints were not found inside the Bozza house

During the trial on Monday, prosecutors played a video recording of a previous interview with Bozza. On tape Bozza says there was a criss cross deal discussed. Cotham would would take care of Veronica and in return Bozza would take care of someone Cotham wanted eliminated.    Bozza says he couldn't do it.

 

But on the stand today Bozza said he had nothing to do with the murder of his wife. After attorneys played back the interview, Bozza changed his mind.

Later, prosecutors put a friend of Cotham on the stand and she said she was missing a gun.    It was in a cooler like one found in Cotham's Cadillac Escalade after the murder.  Police have never found the gun.

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