Arizona Holding Woman In Okla. Slaying


PHOENIX, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Arizona authorities say a woman will be extradited back to Oklahoma in the coming days to face charges in the shooting death of her husband last month.

Raelynne Simonin, 23, Sallisaw, Okla., was jailed this week in Pinal County after she called Arizona deputies to report her husband had been killed in a home invasion robbery and had been raped by the same intruders.

A sheriff’s spokesman told The Arizona Republic detectives became suspicious when Oklahoma detectives determined the evidence at the scene did not match up with Simonin’s version of events.

Simonin claimed three men broke into their home July 25, shot her 39-year-old husband Jack Purselley dead and then abducted her and sexually assaulted her.

Purselley, who stood 6-foot-9 and weighed about 600 pounds, was an accused con artist with outstanding warrants for his arrest in Arizona, the Republic said.

Siminon apparently packed some clothing and traveled to Arizona’s San Tan Valley to stay with family members. She reported the alleged break-in July 27.

During subsequent interviews, Siminon admitted to having an affair with 52-year-old David Danylchuk, who was arrested in Oklahoma along with two alleged accomplices. She denied any knowledge of a plot to murder her husband.

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