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Season 2007 Episode 9

Death Without Mercy

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Jan 05, 2008 on CBS
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Jimmy and Shelly Michael had a seemingly perfect marriage. They were young and attractive, with a beautiful home and a loving family. Jimmy ran his own hospital supply business and Shelly was a nurse at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., where they met when Jimmy was working as a respiratory therapist. Although their relationship started as an affair, it seemed they were destined to be together. But on the morning of Nov. 29, 2005, everything changed when the Michaels' bedroom burst into flames as Jimmy slept, shattering the perfect life that Shelly portrayed. Shelly's perky demeanor in the wake of her husband's death raised suspicion among authorities who had discovered that Jimmy did not die in the fire, but was actually dead before the blaze had been set. Furthermore, the revelation of her affair with another man, inconsistencies in her alibi, and lies during police questioning further convinced investigators that they were eyeing the right person. But the last piece of the puzzle came in February 2006, when the toxicology report revealed that Jimmy Michael died from a lethal dose of Rocuronium, a drug used in hospitals and one that Shelly had access to. Faced with a mountain of circumstantial evidence, it is up to a jury to decide - is Shelly Michael, a woman who prided herself on perfection, really a cold-blooded murderer or is she merely guilty of not being as perfect as she would have everyone believe? In her first and only television interview, Shelly Michael sits down with correspondent Susan Spencer and tells 48 Hours Mystery her side of the story.moreless
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