Trial of man accused of murdering Greensboro wife set to start

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The trial of a man accused of murdering his Greensboro wife in March of 2010 is set to begin Monday.

Family and friends of Retha Simpson say they are holding out hope that the trial against Winfred Simpson will finally bring some closure.

Ronnie Crook is the victim’s older brother and says it has been a long and hard two years since the murder.

“It would be nice if it was all behind us already but it’s not,” he said. “We got some closure but we didn’t get the closure that I feel like we deserve.”

Authorities say a day after Retha Simpson was reported missing, they found her dismembered body on a trail in a trash bag.

Police arrested her husband the same day. Investigators said they found blood, cleaning supplies and fingerprints at the couple’s home while questioning Winfred Simpson.

Ronnie Crook says he never met his brother-in-law but believes he needs to pay for his alleged actions.

“In the back of my mind I’m going to think to myself that’s the monster that done it,” he said, referring to his sister’s death. He says he is confident Winfred Simpson is the killer.

Crook says he has been waiting for the trail for two years. He says he hopes a verdict will bring justice.

“Perhaps he will sentence him properly and he will draw his last breath in prison and that would be some closure,” Crook said.

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