A woman charged with the 2008 murder of her husband walked free from the St. Thomas Circuit Court on Thursday.

Joyce Leslie, 47, was acquitted of the charge after the prosecution failed to provide direct evidence of the claim that she killed her husband.

Her husband, Private Andrew Leslie, who was a member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), went missing on October 11, 2008 and has not been seen or heard from since that time.

The prosecution said the woman reportedly discussed the murder with a spiritual healer.

The prosecution further argued that the woman had paid a man $30,000 to kill her husband.

The healer then instructed her to write it on a piece of paper.

A copy of the paper was presented at court.

However, a handwriting expert testified that he could not conclusively determine that she wrote it.

Her attorney Hensley Williams told the seven member jury that the case was speculative and unrealistic since no evidence was produced to show where and how Private Leslie died.

The jury returned a not guilty verdict after deliberating for 45 minutes.

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