Kissel loses in Hong Kong "milkshake murder" retrial

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Posted: Mar 25, 2011 2:57 AM
Kissel loses in Hong Kong "milkshake murder" retrial

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong jury on Friday unanimously found an American woman guilty of murder following a protracted retrial over the killing of her Merrill Lynch investment banker husband in 2003.

The verdict from a nine-person jury was a setback for Nancy Kissel, who has often appeared in a wheelchair over the course of the nearly 50-day retrial in Hong Kong's High Court.

She had pleaded not guilty of the murder of Robert Kissel, a senior Merrill Lynch banker in Hong Kong, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter, with the defense arguing that Kissel was provoked into the crime after years of abuse by her husband, including anal sex, while pursuing diminished responsibility because of a depressive disorder.

Kissel was jailed for life in 2005 for murdering her husband by feeding him a milkshake spiked with sedatives and clubbing him to death. Her trial riveted the territory with tales of rough sex, marital violence and adultery.

(Reporting by James Pomfret; Editing by Chris Lewis)