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POWERS DENIED AFFAIR, JURY TOLD AT MURDER TRIAL

Nancy Powers, who claimed she killed Raymond "Jack" Jarmack to save her life, denied having an affair with Jarmack's ex-wife, saying she only provided Kathy Phillips with "moral support" during a troubled divorce and custody battle, a detective testified Monday.

East Aurora Detective Lt. Steven Bierut said Ms. Powers insisted two days after the slaying last December that she had "no romantic links" to Ms. Phillips.

This is counter to the claims last week of Ms. Powers' lawyers, her parents and her ex-husband, who said the two women were romantically involved. Bierut said that last Dec. 17, while at Mercy Hospital, Ms. Powers became upset about questions from a reporter about the relationship.

Jailed since February, Ms. Powers, 34, is charged with fatally stabbing Jarmack, 42, in his home last Dec. 15.

Earlier Monday, Orchard Park police Lt. Theodore Gura and Officer Joseph Buccilli told the jury that Jarmack had been dead almost two hours before the time Ms. Powers claimed Jarmack slashed her.

At about 11:45 the night of the slaying, Ms. Powers told Orchard Park police who came to her Big Tree Road home that Jarmack stabbed her less than an hour before, both officers testified.

Ms. Powers told police the knife she used to defend herself probably was still at Jarmack's house, but police found a bloodstained knife in the front seat of a car Ms. Powers used that night, the officers testified.

Buccilli also said it was "possible" neck and chest wounds Ms. Powers had were self-inflicted.

Ms. Powers also told police Jarmack might be dead because she "got him good," both officers testified.

Gura said Ms. Powers told him Jarmack stabbed her because he was "mad at me for testifying against him in court" in the divorce and child-custody proceedings.

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