Barbara Britton, Accused of David Jackson's Murder, to Plead Guilty to Reduced Charge

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Last June, our cover story My Father's Bones told the sprawling, stranger-than-fiction tale of a son searching for a father who had been killed by the husband of his mother, urged on by her father. Yeah, it's complicated. The victim was David Jackson, whose bones were found buried near the site of the Miramar Walmart. In 2007, the courts convicted Michael Wolfe of murdering Jackson.

But the whole time, detectives and the victim's family wanted punishment for Barbara Britton, Jackson's ex-wife and the mother of his child. They said she helped Wolfe, her new husband, lure Jackson to the scene of the crime. Prosecutors charged her in December 2007 with first-degree murder -- despite the fact that they didn't claim she fired the gun that killed Jackson. That's the way things were sitting when we published the story -- Britton sitting in Pembroke Pines on house arrest, facing possible life in prison.

Tomorrow, that's going to change: Britton is set to accept a plea deal in exchange for a drastically reduced charge. She'll plead guilty to being an accessory to Jackson's murder by Wolfe and face two years of location monitoring and eight years of probation.

At the end of our story, we spoke to Britton's private attorney, Keith Seltzer. He pointed out that the star evidence against Britton was a statement given by Wolfe, days after he was convicted of first-degree murder, implicating her in the crime.

Wolfe said that not only did Britton call Jackson under the pretense of getting back together so she could lure him to the motel room where he would be killed but that she sat next to him on the motel bed and zapped him with a Taser, to stun him before Wolfe emerged drunk from the bathroom with a gun pointed at Jackson's head.

"This case is based entirely on Michael Wolfe trying to get his life sentence shortened," Seltzer said last summer. "I believe Barbara had nothing to do with this... There's no confession [from her] anywhere... There are no records from the motel room, not one single bit [of evidence] that implicates Barbara."

Today, Seltzer says, that view of the situation has been validated. "The prosecutors fully evaluated all the evidence and the lack of evidence," he says.

In addition to the detailed accusations from Wolfe -- which we summarized in the feature story -- two of Wolfe's other ex-wives also said that he told them about the murder and mentioned Britton's role in it. His former cellmate, meanwhile, told prosecutors that he heard Wolfe say he had told the story to frame Britton. If the case had gone to trial, Seltzer says, he would have put that cellmate on the stand.

"I think we could have won a trial, but it was too good a deal to pass up," says Seltzer. He and Britton are slated to accept the deal tomorrow at 1:30 in Broward County Court. If Britton is deemed an accessory to a first-degree murder, that will be a second-degree felony charge.

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j.c2525
j.c2525

As I haven't read the book, I wonder what the son thinks of all this... if he believes his mother is guilty.  I sure as hell believe she's guilty.  She got away with murder.

jaokguy
jaokguy

Who the hell made this kind of ignorant, inept, wimpy, hypocritical, foolish, sexist, moronic, pussified, and severely lacking in common sense plea deal with a straight face. This evil c u n t should be in prison for the rest of her useless life. I'm so unbelievably sickened by this country's dips h i t justice system. It's no wonder we've never been visited by "intelligent life from outer space"...if i was at the helm of the spaceship headed towards earth and as i got closer got a whiff of how abhorrently imbecilic, cretinous, vapid, insipid, irresponsible, fatuous, obtuse, and asinine the united states was, i'd ALSO make the fastest u-turn you've ever witnessed. Only here, in this dim-witted country, can a woman convicted of accessory to first degree murder get 2 years of location monitoring and eight years of probation as a sentence.....only here.

Boop45
Boop45

I've asked elsewhere if they tested the Volkswagon ever. Blood can creep in strange small spaces and remain for years. What about neighbors in Arizona to verify she was there? There are holes they left out in the story.  I DON"T believe David would have gone to that room for anyone but Barbara. Why would he go to a motel to talk to people that can't stand him and why a motel instead of McDonalds or a public place? Her tears could be from regret of having done it or being caught and not just "old remaining feelings".

MSSnyer2012
MSSnyer2012

Did she take a lie detector test?  Was the ex-husband actually found in a hotel room?   Seems like a lightweight sentence for someone who - at some level - was an accessory.  These plea deals are often stranger than fiction themselves.

FQS9000
FQS9000

She's innocent of everything but love.  The ladies never, ever do any wrong.  Just evil men.  God only knows why that nasty man killed her husband, as she was at home sending out parcels of cookies to starving Africans or something.

Mysterylady27
Mysterylady27

For your information Barbara is innocent. She just couldn't take the emotional roller coaster any more. Do you think you could Have? Dont make judgements buddy until you walk a mile in someone else's shoes

SICKOFYOU
SICKOFYOU

@Mysterylady27  gtfoh!  that cunt is guilty!

SICKOFYOU
SICKOFYOU

@Mysterylady27  gtfoh!  that cunt is guilty!

SICKOFYOU
SICKOFYOU

@Mysterylady27  GTFOH!  THAT CUNT IS GUILTY!

Lady Justice001
Lady Justice001

You have got to be kidding. Unless you can prove that, which i doubt, your statement makes no sense. Many people live on an emotional Roller Coaster but don't kill someone because of it. She took the easy way out, At least she thought so until she got caught. It's a shame that she got to live so many years free and a real shame Harry didn't live to pay the price for his part in this tragedy. I get a feeling a whole lot more will come out, I hope it doesn't take another 24 years before that happens. There is no justice if this woman doesn't go to prison for a very long time. 

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