Ex-beauty queen cleared of murder charge in Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A judge on Monday dismissed a murder charge against a former beauty queen in this South American country.

Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry ruled prosecutors provided no evidence to prove that Carolan Lynch killed her wealthy husband in May 2007, months after she was crowned Mrs. South America.

Lynch’s husband, Farouk Razack, was found strangled in the bedroom of their home in Guyana’s capital, Georgetown. At the time, he was director of the country’s biggest currency exchange business.

Lynch was cleared in the same case in 2007 after another magistrate found no evidence against her, but prosecutors re-filed charges in 2010.

Many of the same witnesses who testified in the first trial failed to show up in court for the second one.

Lynch has always said that she was innocent and that she loved her husband.

She said she found his body after driving her daughter to school and thought he had suffered a stroke. Police said he was strangled after an autopsy found abrasions on his neck. They said there were no signs of forced entry at the home.

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