George said that her husband did not like Brackett. "(Jim) did not like having someone with baggage,” she said.
George testified that her marriage soured when they began having financial problems. Jim George initially spoiled her, she said, but later become more controlling, refusing to allow her to leave their home after he came home from work. He also forbade her from buying her prescribed pain medication, which she admitted to buying more of on the streets. She eventually turned to methamphetamine to manage her pain.
Gina George even admitted that she had taken meth Tuesday morning before her testimony.
But the victim's sister described Jim George as "one of the sweetest people I've ever known. He was my heart," Ann Marie Gilley said, dabbing at her eyes with a tissue.
The rest of the preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22, when testimony from the medical examiner and other witnesses is scheduled.
In addition to murder, Brackett also faces charges of obstructing justice, a second-degree felony, and felony discharge of a firearm, a third-degree felony.
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