Correspondent Erin Moriarty investigates the case against Raynella Leath, a Tennessee woman with two dead husbands – who both died under strange circumstances – and the stunning outcome, in an encore of “The Widow on Solway Road” to be broadcast Saturday, July 14 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
David Leath was found shot to death in the couple’s bed. Raynella Leath, a retired nurse, called 911 to report finding her husband shot dead. There was no evidence linking her to the weapon or the shooting.
“There was more than one shot,” said District Attorney General Steve Crump. “And while that’s not unheard of – well, it didn’t look like a suicide scene.”
“Everything good about this woman was twisted,” said Leath’s defense attorney, Josh Hedrick. “Everything good about this woman was turned around to be evil. There’s not any real evidence to suggest a homicide.”
Leath’s first husband, who was in the late stages of terminal cancer, died after allegedly being trampled by cattle on the family farm.
48 HOURS and Moriarty gained rare access to attorneys on both sides, family members, jurors and even the judge in a case that ended in a way that no one saw coming.
Was Leath very unlucky, or is there more to the story? 48 HOURS was there for the trial and the shocking end. Moriarty also reveals key details jurors never heard.
48 HOURS: “The Widow on Solway Road”is produced by Josh Gaynor and Lisa Freed. Michael McHugh is the producer-editor. Diana Modica, Joan Adelman and Atticus Brady are the editors. Linda Martin and John Yacobian are the update producers. Judy Tygard is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.