Trial of woman accused in death of quadriplegic husband begins

The prosecution in the murder trial of an Ellicott City woman will attempt to prove she is responsible in the 2011 death of her quadriplegic husband, stating the man's life "was ended at the hands of his wife," according to spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

The trial of Nancy Fleming Molony, 53, of the 4000 block of Chariots Flight Way, began in Howard County Circuit Court this week, with opening statements coming on Tuesday.

Molony faces second-degree murder, manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges in the death of her quadriplegic husband, Kevin Patrick Molony, who died on Feb. 27, 2011 of an oxycodone overdose.

While the prosecution will argue Nancy Molony's is responsible, the defense said Molony himself is responsible, citing an addiction to pain medication.

At opening statements, assistant state's attorney Collen McGuinn told the jury that Nancy Molony insisted on being responsible for administering her husband's medication, Kirwan said.

McGuinn added that the autopsy revealed nine unabsorbed oxycodone pain pills in Kevin Molony's stomach, and described his absorbed oxycodone readings as "through the roof," Kirwan said.

McGuinn said jurors should not be "fooled or manipulated" by false claims that Molony medicated himself, according to Kirwan.

Defense attorney Kimberly Alley told the jury Kevin Molony had "multiple prescriptions for oxycodone," and that even used drug dealers to obtain medication. 

Nine months after Kevin Molony's death, Howard County Police announced it would be investigated as a homicide following the final autopsy report. 

Nancy Molony was indicted on the charges in July of 2012. 

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