According to the prosecution, divorce was not an option for Melgar since she was a Jehovah’s Witness. She was also afraid of being shunned by the community. Motivated by her husband’s insurance policy, Melgar brutally stabbed him 31 times.
Melgar then cleaned up the murder scene after she killed her husband, evidenced by cleaners and bleach on one of her fingernails.
“If I kill him, then I’m not ostracized — I get to hang out with my friends — and I get the money,” Barnett said in court, describing Megan’s thoughts and motivations.