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Crown Point interior designer charged with murder of husband in Arizona


Updated: October 29, 2012 6:18PM

Jane Leslie Carpenter, owner of Jane Leslie Designs, told acquaintances in Crown Point, Ind., that her late husband was murdered.

The interior designer never mentioned she was the primary suspect.

On Monday, more than 10 years after 71-year-old Brent Carpenter was found dead the Prescott, Ariz. home he shared with his wife, Jane Leslie Carpenter was charged with his murder, police said.

“He was sickly. It’s my thinking she was tired of taking care of him. It was quite a task,” Prescott Police Capt. Ken Morley said Monday, hours after Carpenter, 61, was arrested at a client’s house in LaPorte.

She is charged with first degree murder, and could face additional charges, Morley said.

On June 4, 2002, Jane Leslie Carpenter called police to report finding her husband on their kitchen floor. He had been stabbed in the back with a knife and also had a head wound, possibly from a rock.

Prescott police “don’t have a whole bunch of homicides” and didn’t get charges approved the first time they presented the case, authorities said.

By employing forensic experts, a full-time detective and two cold case investigators, police established a case.

Indiana State Police Detective Chris Campione assisted Prescott police in finding Jane Leslie Carpenter and arresting her as she met with one of her interior design clients.

She is being held at LaPorte County Jail awaiting extradition to Arizona.

Carpenter teaches non-credit courses in interior design at Indiana University Northwest. Information on IUN’s Web site about her courses — basic, intermediate and advanced — describe Carpenter as “a most unique person who will have you laughing, learning and craving for more information.”

IUN spokesman Chris Sheid said Carpenter has been teaching the interior design classes since March 2010.

“Appropriate arrangements are being made for the students enrolled in the course,” Sheid said. The next intermediate class is scheduled for Saturday.

Sheid declined further comment.

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