McLOUD, Okla. — An Oklahoma woman who was convicted of murder for pushing her husband to his death from the 25th floor of their high-rise apartment has died in prison, officials say.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins says Amber Hilberling, 25, was pronounced dead at 5:33 p.m. Monday at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center.
Hilberling had been serving a 25-year prison sentence for the 2011 death of her husband, Joshua Hilberling.
Watkins says the state medical examiner’s office will determine Amber Hilberling’s cause of death.
According to the Facebook memorial page for her late husband, Joshua Hilberling, it was stated that the wife hanged herself.
Prosecutors alleged that Amber Hilberling shoved her husband through the window after they’d argued over splitting up.
Hilberling, who was 19 at the time and seven months pregnant, argued that the death was an accident caused by “unusually thin” windows in the couple’s apartment.
A jury convicted Hilberling of second-degree murder in 2013 after only three hours of deliberation, but Hilberling continued to stick with her self-defense claim, stating it again in February in a televised prison interview with Dr. Phil.
“There was an altercation in which I defended myself,” she told Dr. Phil. She said this happened after her husband flew into a rage after she called him a coward.
Hilberling added that her husband abused her during their 11-month marriage, but she always kept quiet.