Morgan Co. woman acquitted in cave death

SOMERVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A Morgan County jury has acquitted a Somerville woman accused of killing her mentally disabled cousin to collect his Social Security checks and putting his remains in a cave.

The jury found 45-year-old Geneva Lenox Denson not guilty Thursday.

The judge dismissed two counts of the indictment that charged her with poisoning and strangling 32-year-old Ronnie Lee Goree.

Denson's lawyer, Hubert Porter, criticized the credibility of witnesses, including Martha Evelyn Routh, who testified she and Denson strangled Goree in 2001.

According to testimony, Goree and Routh were mentally disabled and Denson was the payee on each of their disability checks. Routh and Goree lived in a mobile home next to Denson's. Routh pleaded guilty to manslaughter last week and received 15 years in prison.

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