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Retrial begins for man accused of killing wife

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Retrial begins for man accused of killing wife

TROY, Mo. (AP) – An eastern Missouri man once convicted of murder in his wife’s 2011 stabbing death is getting a retrial. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Russell Faria’s bench trial began Monday in Lincoln County. St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer alone will decide the case. During opening statements. a prosecutor argued that […]

Retrial begins for man accused of killing wife

TROY, Mo. (AP) – An eastern Missouri man once convicted of murder in his wife’s 2011 stabbing death is getting a retrial.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Russell Faria’s bench trial began Monday in Lincoln County. St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer alone will decide the case.

During opening statements. a prosecutor argued that an enraged Faria stabbed wife Betsy Faria. Russell Faria’s attorney countered that the killing was carried out by one of the victim’s friends seeking to collect on a $150,000 life insurance policy.

Ohmer ordered the new trial after ruling that newly discovered evidence could produce a different outcome.

The case has been sealed from public view at the request of lawyers on both sides.

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