A Connecticut lawyer was sentenced to 12 years in jail on Friday for the murder of his neighbor a year ago. Jonathon Edington is a lawyer from Bridgeport, Connecticut. He attacked his neighbor on the night of August 28th of last year after his wife, Christina Edington, had reported that she suspected him of molesting the couple’s 2-year-old daughter. Minutes after hearing this horrifying news, Edington broke into the home of nieghbor Barry James and stabbed him to death in his bedroom. It was later determined that James did not molest the young girl as it was assumed.

When police arrived on the scene, Edington was washing James’ blood off of him at the kitchen sink. Christina Edington refused to cooperate in the investigation of the killing. It was later determined that she suffered from postpartum depression and made up her suspicions. The two held hands as they walked into the courtroom for her husband’s sentencing. The James family is also filing a wrongful death lawsuit against both Jonathon and Christina Edington for provoking her husband to kill James.

When police arrived on the scene, Edington was washing James’ blood off of him at the kitchen sink. Christina Edington refused to cooperate in the investigation of the killing. It was later determined that she suffered from postpartum depression and made up her suspicions. The two held hands as they walked into the courtroom for her husband’s sentencing. The James family is also filing a wrongful death lawsuit against both Jonathon and Christina Edington for provoking her husband to kill James.The determination that the Edington’s daughter was not molested came from an investigation. Physicians were called in to interview family members as well as observe the girl while she played to determine if she was dwelling on the molestation or developed a sudden fear of changing clothes or taking a bath. The investigation showed no evidence that the girl had been abused. Edington had been free on bond until his sentencing. The judge originally issued a 20-year sentence but dropped it to 12 years plus five years probation.

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