Published: Sep 22, 2010 3:56 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 22, 2010 12:56 PM EDT

VIERA, Fla. (AP) - A woman has been convicted of murdering a housekeeper she suspected of stealing from her.

A Brevard County jury found 44-year-old Margaret Allen guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder. She could face the death penalty. The sentencing phase of her trial is set to begin Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Allen was upset about a missing purse containing about $2,000 in 2005 and suspected housekeeper Wenda Wright of taking it. Witnesses testified that Allen beat up Wright and tortured her with a belt around her neck and then buried her with the help of James Martin and her nephew Quinton Allen.

Martin and Quinton Allen have pleaded guilty in the case and testified against Margaret Allen.

A defense attorney questioned the reliability of testimony from the accomplices.