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France's 'Black Widow' denies murder as trial opens

Published on Apr 14, 2014 7:38 PM
 
Nicolas Cano (center) attends the trial of Manuela Gonzalez nicknamed "the black widow", a 53-year-old woman accused of having killed his father Daniel Cano in 2008, on April 14, 2014 at the Grenoble courthouse. A former driving instructor dubbed the "Black Widow" of the French Alps on Monday, April 14, 2014, denied drugging her husband and then burning him to death in his car. -- PHOTO: AFP

GRENOBLE (AFP) - A former driving instructor dubbed the "Black Widow" of the French Alps on Monday denied drugging her husband and then burning him to death in his car.

"I continue to say that I am innocent of what I have been accused and that will be shown in court," Manuela Gonzalez, 53, said on the opening day of her trial for murder.

The charred remains of Gonzalez's late husband, Daniel Cano, 58, were discovered in his burnt-out car near the house he shared with her in Villard-Bonnot in the Isere region of the Alps.

Police believe the fire was started deliberately and that Cano had taken a large dose of sleeping pills.

 
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