Crime

Woman's fraud trial delayed for her murder trial

Emma Jean Raine
Emma Jean Raine

GULFPORT -- The fraud trial of a former income tax-preparer has been delayed so she can stand trial on a murder charge in the killing of one of her husbands.

Emma Jeane Raine, 51, of Poplarville, is set for trial May 23 in New Orleans in the murder of Ernest Smith, shot to death outside their home in 2006. Her then-boyfriend, Alfred "Terry" Everette, was convicted in 2014 in a murder-for-hire case in Smith's slaying.

Raine was set for trial May 9 in Gulfport on charges alleging she committed bankruptcy fraud and submitted false tax returns for her clients in Poplarville and Gulfport from 2009 through January 2010.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden on Tuesday moved the fraud trial to his July court calendar.

Raine is held in Louisiana, where New Orleans Parish prosecutors have said Raine plotted to kill three husbands and collected on their life insurance.

Raine's first husband died in 1994 after he was struck by a car in Vicksburg. Smith was her second husband. Her third husband, James Raine, was shot to death in 2011 in a Pearl River County home built with Smith's insurance money, court papers show. The insurance money is part of the bankruptcy charge in Gulfport.

Prosecutors at Everette's trial described Emma Raine as "a serial husband killer" and a "black widow."

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