Nancy Brophy murder trial focuses on life insurance policies

The state continues to call witnesses. On Wednesday, the court heard from a lead detective and a life insurance expert.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The seventh day of Nancy Brophy’s murder trial saw testimony from a key detective who worked on the case.

Nancy Brophy is a Washington County-based romance novelist who is accused of shooting and killing her husband at his workplace, the Oregon Culinary Institute (OCI), in June 2018.

The prosecution continued to call witnesses to the stand Wednesday. Darren Posey, a detective with the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), was called to the stand. In 2018, Posey was a homicide detective who took the lead on the Brophy case until he was transferred to Detective Anthony Merrill, who has since taken the stand.

The defense had questioned Anthony Merrill about whether PPB had identified certain people seen in the surveillance footage. Some had them, some didn’t.

The state asked Posey on Wednesday why they try to locate and talk to people when working a scene.

“We are trying to talk to people because they are potential witnesses. Just because they’re on video doesn’t necessarily mean they’re suspicious,” Posey said.

The defense, during cross-examination, noted that PPB had not interviewed anyone in the condominiums near OCI, or in a nearby drug rehabilitation center.

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