Eric Abshire appeared in Orange County Circuit Court on Thursday, October 6 for a pretrial hearing. His first-degree murder trial starts October 12.
File photo/inset by Jay Kuhlmann
If Eric Abshire were a grieving widower, he had a strange way of
showing it. According to information presented by prosecutors
Thursday, between the death and burial of his wife, the Orange
County man had sex with one woman, and he flashed a topless photo
of another woman mere hours after the mangled body of Justine
Abshire was found on a dark road near Barboursville.
The lurid details emerged during an October 6 pre-trial hearing
in Orange Circuit Court, where the 36-year-old widower will stand
for trial next week on a first-degree murder charge.
Top motives when a husband murders his wife are "women and
money," declared Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Moore. "We
have those in this case."
Moore told the court that while dating and married to Justine,
Eric Abshire had been involved with as many as eight other women.
But it's what Abshire allegedly did in the days surrounding his
wife's demise that sent shudders throught the courtroom and brought
protests from the defense.
On the day of Justine's death, prosecutor Moore said, Abshire
allegedly showed at least one person a "topless or nude photo" of a
female acquaintance. Upon flashing the photo, which he carried in
his wallet, Moore said, Abshire mentioned Justine's parents, Steve
and Heidi Swartz, then traveling to Virginia from their home in
Tennessee after getting word of their daughter's death.
"They probably aren't going to want to see this," Abshire