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Black trial
  • Published
    July 21, 2014

    Black guilty of all counts

    A jury of 11 women and one man deliberated for an hour and a half July 21 before finding Charles Reed Black, the former Camden man accused of trying to kill his then-wife by pushing her off Maiden Cliff, guilty of all charges. Prosecutors said Black, 71, wanted his former wife dead so he could the reap benefits of her healthy financial situation and start a new life with a mistress he had recently started an ...

  • Published
    July 21, 2014

    Black not to testify

    Charles Reed Black, the former Camden man accused of dragging his ex-spouse off Maiden Cliff in 2011 will not take the stand in his defense. The defense for Black and the state finished calling witnesses July 21. Opening arguments will begin in the late morning. Walt McKee, Black's attorney motioned for a dismissal of the case on grounds of insufficient evidence. The motion was denied by Justice Joyce Wheeler. Bla...

  • Published
    July 18, 2014

    Black asks 'Why would I do this?' in recording

    Charles Reed Black, accused of attempting to murder his former wife, asked in a recorded interview with police why would he do such a thing to his wife, her family, and his son. Black, 71, formerly of Camden and now living in Salt Lake City, Utah, is accused of hitting his then-wife, Lisa Zahn, in the head several times with a rock, and dragging her body over the edge of Maiden Cliff in Camden in April 2011. The ...

  • Published
    July 17, 2014

    Ex-mistress testifies about affair

    Charles Black's former mistress testified July 17 about the affair the two carried on until April 7, 2011 — the date when Black is accused of hitting his former wife in the head and dragging her body off Maiden Cliff in an attempt to kill her. Black, 71, of Salt Lake City, Utah, has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and aggravated assault. On the third day of the ...

  • Published
    July 17, 2014

    Victim testifies about attack atop Maiden Cliff

    In the second day of the Charles Black trial July 16, the reported victim testified about her marriage to the defendant, the attack atop Maiden Cliff, and the harrowing struggle to reach the bottom of the mountain to seek help. Black, 71, is accused of hitting his now ex-wife, Lisa Zahn, 55, on the head three times, then dragging her body off Maiden Cliff in an attempt to kill her in April 2011. The defendant has ...

  • Published
    July 16, 2014

    State says victim begged for life before she was pushed off cliff

    The victim begged for her life as she was dragged to the lip of Maiden Cliff after being struck three times in the head with a rock by her now ex-husband in an attempt to kill her, the state said July 15 in opening arguments. Lisa Zahn, 55, of Camden was afraid she was going to die after being thrown from the cliff face, first responders testified in the trial of Charles Reed Black, the 71-year-old man accused of ...

  • Published
    July 14, 2014

    Jurors selected in Black case, trial to begin July 15

    Thirteen women and two men were selected for a jury panel July 14 in the case of a former Camden man accused of attempting to kill his now ex-wife by striking her in the head with a rock and pushing her off Maiden Cliff in 2011. Charles Reed Black, 71, now living in Utah, was present at Knox County Superior Court with his attorney Walt McKee of Augusta while a pool of Knox County residents was questioned whether ...

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