Two days after Nancy Powers allegedly killed the ex-husband of her lesbian lover, she told her own ex-husband the victim had blamed her for his problems with his children and must have been stalking her, the jury at her murder trial learned Monday.
Returning from Dayton, Ohio, for a second day of cross-examination, Jeffrey S. Powers repeatedly denied defense attorneys' contention that he frequently beat Ms. Powers and forced her to have sex during their marriage because of her lesbianism.
At the request of defense attorneys Joel L. Daniels and John P. Pieri, the jury of six women and six men listened to the Dec. 17, 1997, telephone call Powers recorded as Ms. Powers insisted she told police "it's the God's honest truth" that Raymond "Jack" Jarmack abducted her at knifepoint.
On the tape, Ms. Powers was heard saying she had become deeply involved in the Jarmacks' divorce and child-custody battles on behalf of Kathy Phillips, her lover, because she had "witnessed a lot of his (Jarmack's) actions" against his wife and three daughters.
On the tape, Powers is heard saying New York State Police investigators had already come to Dayton to talk to him and doubted her abduction claims. Ms. Powers is then heard telling him, "What I told you is what happened."
Ms. Powers is also heard telling her ex-husband Jarmack must have been stalking her earlier on Dec. 15 and must have overheard her tell someone she would be Christmas shopping later that night at the East Aurora plaza where she claims the abduction occurred.
Ms. Powers, 34, is charged with murder in the death of Jarmack, 42. Prosecutors contend she stabbed him 27 times Dec. 15 in his Town of Aurora home because she was angry at his efforts to regain custody of his three daughters by Ms. Phillips.
Ms. Powers claims she killed Jarmack in self-defense after he abducted her from an East Aurora shopping plaza the night he was killed.
Prosecutors today are expected to put Jeanette Bryant Tascarella, 30, on the stand to testify about allegedly incriminating remarks Ms. Powers made to her about Jarmack's death when they were both in the Erie County Holding Center last April.
Last week, Justice Russell P. Buscaglia ordered prosecutors to give Ms. Powers's attorneys copies of presentencing documents in Ms. Tascarella's own criminal cases.