An American woman has denied intentionally killing her husband, a US academic twice her age working at an Emirati university, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
Julie Jackman, 31, listened as a translator relayed a charge she grabbed a knife with the intention of murdering Professor James Jackman, 62, on September 6, the Gulf News reported.
"I did not," she replied.
Jackman died of a single knife wound to his back while taking a shower following a row with his wife, according to local newspapers.
His wife allegedly called police, saying "Help me, I have just killed my husband."
Jackman had been assistant dean of the College of Business Sciences and acting administrator for Zayed University's Dubai campus since December 1999.
Before his move to the Gulf emirate, Jackman worked for 20 years at Oklahoma State University as an associate professor of business law in the College of Business Administration.
Defence lawyer Samir Jaafar said Mrs. Jackman was suffering from a psychological illness and asked for a professional assessment.
Friends of the couple have said Mrs. Jackman had wanted to return to the United States where her two children from a previous marriage live, which caused frequent arguments with her husband – DUBAI (AFP)
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