HK retrial of US woman begins wrapping up

AP News
Posted: Mar 23, 2011 12:57 AM
HK retrial of US woman begins wrapping up

A judge has started to wrap up the retrial of an American woman accused of drugging and bashing her husband to death in Hong Kong seven years ago.

High Court Judge Andrew Macrae gave instructions Wednesday to the nine-member jury, which is expected to start deliberating Thursday. He also began summarizing the evidence presented over the past two months.

Prosecutors say Nancy Kissel drugged her husband with a sedative-laced milkshake and then bludgeoned him with a metal ornament. The defense says Kissel was a battered wife suffering from clinical depression. They say she was acting under diminished responsibility and was provoked by her husband into the attack.

The first trial grabbed worldwide attention as it described the breakdown of a wealthy expatriate marriage.