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Defense delivers opening statements on Day 13 of Nancy Brophy murder trial

The trial, which began April 5, was placed on hold after someone involved in the trial tested positive for COVID.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The murder trial of romance novelist Nancy Crampton Brophy resumes Tuesday with opening statements from her defense. Brophy was arrested in September 2018 in the shooting death of her husband Daniel Brophy.

Brophy's trial, which began April 5, was placed on hold after the prosecution rested its case April 21 because someone involved in the trial tested positive for COVID-19. 

Daniel Brophy, 63, was killed as he prepped for work at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Southwest Portland on June 2, 2018.

Nancy Crampton Brophy is a self-published romance writer who, years before her husband's death, penned an essay titled "How to Murder Your Husband." Brophy's death remained a mystery until his wife's arrest, and authorities have never publicly disclosed another suspect.

WATCH: Day 13, afternoon session

WATCH: Day 13, morning session

Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Shawn Overstreet has told jurors Crampton Brophy was motivated by greed and a $1.4 million insurance policy.

Lead defense attorney Lisa Maxfield has said Crampton Brophy and her finances both deteriorated after Brophy's death, far from the prosecution's claim that she profited from ill-gotten gains.

She previously entered a not guilty plea to the charge.

Previous coverage of the Brophy trial:

APRIL 4: Romance novelist's 'How to Murder Your Husband' essay tossed out as evidence in day 1 of murder trial

APRIL 5: Tearful testimony from woman who performed CPR on Dan Brophy in second day of murder trial

APRIL 6: 'Dan was not a gun person': Mother and father of victim testify in romance novelist murder case

APRIL 11: Detective testifies to seeing van similar to accused murderer Nancy Brophy's in the area of the crime scene on surveillance video

APRIL 12: Surveillance shows van matching Brophy's in downtown Portland much earlier than previously disclosed

APRIL 13: Testimony focuses on 'inappropriately' high insurance premiums and gun in Nancy Brophy murder trial

APRIL 14: 'There wasn't a lot of quit in him': Son of victim takes the stand in Nancy Brophy case

APRIL 21: Prosecution in Nancy Brophy trial rests case following testimony on couple's finances

APRIL 22: Romance novelist Nancy Brophy's murder trial on hold after positive COVID-19 test

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