Woman sentenced to 35 years, $10,000 fine for husband’s murder

Karla Chapman and her attorney. (Photo: WHNT)

Karla Chapman and her attorney. (Photo: WHNT)

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Karla Gaye Chapman has been sentenced to 35 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the murder of her husband.

Chapman was convicted of murder in the death of her husband, Jonathan Eliff, in March 2014. During the trial, she testified that stabbed Eliff during an argument after he threatened to kill her.

Prosecutors said Chapman gave slightly different answers during cross-examination. They questioned Chapman why she didn’t explain it was self-defense right away.

Chapman testified she was in shock, but she did eventually tell investigators what happened.


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