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Testimony Begins in Gsell Murder Trial

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Freezer Raymond Gsell was found in. Freezer Raymond Gsell was found in.
Video taken at the R&C convenience store, where Gsell is seen buying items with her husband's card. Video taken at the R&C convenience store, where Gsell is seen buying items with her husband's card.
Bay County, Fla. -

A Bay County woman could spend the rest of her life in prison if she's found guilty of first degree murder. Testimony began Wednesday morning in the Judy Lynn Gsell trial, and witnesses say an argument broke out before she killed her elderly husband.

At the start of her trial, Gsell remained calm and stoic, but that quickly changed when investigators exposed pictures of her husband's body.

"The women used some drugs, prescription drugs and crack cocaine." Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford says.

In his opening arguments, Basford claims Gsell and her husband Raymond brought two friends Dawn Ross and Ashley Knowles to their house. Upon arrival Judy and her guest began to party. The women began to smoke crack cocaine while ingesting prescribed drugs. But when drugs ran out, Gsell demanded money to buy more.

"Mr. Gsell's mad that she keeps asking for money. She's mad at Mr. Gsell because she won't give her more money." Basford says.

So Raymond reacts; he slaps Judy. "She slapped him back and jump straddles him on the love seat and begins to choke him." Basford continues to say.

And it doesn't end there. Ross tries to break the two up, but Gsell proceeds to bite her. So Ross then steps in and begins to choke Raymond with a chord.

According to Ross, "She (Judy) picks him up and her knees are on the floor because he was gurgling really bad, so I broke his neck so he wouldn't have to be in any more pain."

The women then left the house with Raymond's debit card and purchased drug paraphernalia and beer. They returned the next day to hide the evidence and Raymond's body.

Jerry Stephenson also told the jury Gsell once admitted to the crime.

"When Judy got back in the truck she said, I finally killed that son of a b****." Stephenson says.

Dawn Ross already pled to second degree murder and robbery and faces a 40 year prison sentence. If Gsell is convicted, she could spend the rest of her life in jail.