Louisiana jury convicts man of murder in 1962 death of wife
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) -- A Louisiana jury has found a man guilty of murder in the 1962 death of his first wife, who he had claimed accidentally drowned.
KPLC-TV reports jurors deliberated less than an hour Friday before returning their verdict in the case of 76-year-old Felix Vail. Conviction carries a mandatory life sentence.
Vail had pleaded innocent in the death of Mary Horton Vail. Defense lawyers said the then-22-year-old woman fell from Vail's boat and Vail tried unsuccessfully to save her from drowning.
Calcasieu Parish coroner Dr. Terry Welke reopened the investigation after The Clarion-Ledger newspaper published a five-part series in 2012 about Felix Vail, his first wife's death and the disappearances in 1973 of the man's girlfriend and of his second wife in 1984.