Crying openly in court, a former campaign spokeswoman for John Edwards delivered emotional testimony about the former presidential candidate's late wife, suggesting that she died with emotional wounds left by her cheating husband.
Jennifer Palmieri, who remained close friends with Elizabeth Edwards until her death from breast cancer in December 2010, said she cut off communications with John Edwards after he ignored multiple appeals to tell the truth about his affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter.
"I believe that John was continuing to lie, that he was trying to drag me into that," Palmieri said. "And I just didn't want to be a part of it."
Palmieri sobbed during cross-examination by the defense, as she recalled a conversation with Elizabeth Edwards in the final days of her life.
"She expressed to me concern that when she and John decided to separate, she was concerned that when she died, there would not be a man around that loved her," Palmieri said.
Palmieri said she promised to be there for Edwards, but her dying friend continued to hold on to her feeling of loss.