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Federal Way poisoning case goes to jury for verdict

A prosecutor argued Tuesday that a Federal Way pest-control business manager poisoned his wife with strychnine, watched her die and then "shamelessly played the role of wallowing, grieving husband."

The attorney for Joseph Naimo contended his wife, Ann Marie Naimo, ingested the strychnine in a suicide attempt. Defense attorney Les Tolzin argued the prosecution couldn't rule out suicide and, as a result, didn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Joseph Naimo killed his wife.

After seven weeks of testimony, the fate of Joseph Naimo was put in the hands of a 12-member jury at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Naimo, 63, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 53-year-old wife on Nov. 28, 2008 at their Federal Way home.

King County deputy prosecutor Jimmy Hung said Naimo was "sick of a nagging wife and had his eyes on another woman." That's why he killed Ann Naimo, his wife of 10 years, Hung told jurors in King County Superior Court. "The unfortunate reality is that is the world we live in," Hung said.

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