Joanna Roberta Madonna returns after a break as her murder case is tried in a Wake County courtroom on Sept. 15, 2015. Madonna has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charges filed against her in 2013 after her husband, Jose Manuel Perez was found dead in a ditch near Falls Lake. The 47-year-old former special education teacher at Garner High School has claimed self-defense.
Joanna Roberta Madonna returns after a break as her murder case is tried in a Wake County courtroom on Sept. 15, 2015. Madonna has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charges filed against her in 2013 after her husband, Jose Manuel Perez was found dead in a ditch near Falls Lake. The 47-year-old former special education teacher at Garner High School has claimed self-defense. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com
Joanna Roberta Madonna returns after a break as her murder case is tried in a Wake County courtroom on Sept. 15, 2015. Madonna has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charges filed against her in 2013 after her husband, Jose Manuel Perez was found dead in a ditch near Falls Lake. The 47-year-old former special education teacher at Garner High School has claimed self-defense. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com

Murder trial opens for former Wake teacher

September 15, 2015 03:10 PM

UPDATED September 16, 2015 07:57 AM

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