She died from a snakebite. But the real killer was her husband

Updated 8:03 PM ET, Sat November 20, 2021

(CNN)Uthra's mother found her daughter lying motionless in bed at the family home, her left arm dotted with blood.

Her family rushed her to the local Kollam hospital in the southern Indian state of Kerala, but the 25-year-old was already dead.
A post-mortem on May 7, 2020, confirmed she'd been bitten hours earlier by a highly venomous Indian spectacled cobra, according to court documents.
In India, where snake bites are not uncommon, that could have been the end of it. But her family grew suspicious and filed a complaint with police.
After a trial that made national headlines, Uthra's killer was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for crimes the sentencing judge called "diabolic and ghastly."
The judge found Uthra's death was caused by the cobra -- but the real killer was her husband.
And it wasn't the first time he'd used a snake as a weapon.
Suraj Kumar and Uthra married in 2018, but by 2019 he was plotting her death.