Chaz Higgs, the husband of the late State Controller, Kathy Augustine, is on trial for her murder. He slashed his wrists earlier today in a second suicide attempt. He was hospitalized and the trial was suspended until Wednesday. Higgs attempt at suicide came just hours before he was to undergo cross examination by the Prosecutors in the Augustine murder trial. Higgs' attorney, David Houston, has predicted a mistrial will be declared.
Late this afternoon in another bizarre twist to this already bizarre case, Charles Higg, on trial for the murder of his wife, Kathy Augustine, has asked that the trial resume on Thursday morning. Higgs was released earlier in the afternoon from the Reno Hospital that he was rushed to after slitting his wrists.
Higgs was re-arrested and taken to jail where he is on suicide watch.
The jury has found Chaz Higgs guilty of murdering Kathy Augustine. In the penalty phase of the trial this afternoon, Augustine's daughter, Dallas talked about her loss and Higgs' mother begged for leniancy saying "every human being should have hope".
The jury found Higgs guilty and sentenced him to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Guess it does help to have Mom take the stand and beg for you.
The jurors say that Higgs' demeanor of showing no emotion and staring straight ahead did not translate well to the jury.