Near the end of her seven-hour trial, Gu Kailai admitted killing British businessman Neil Heywood, Chinese state media say. The wife of ousted politician Bo Xilai apologized for what she called a "tragedy," saying the murder occurred during a "nervous breakdown," the BBC reports. She said she was ready to "accept and calmly face any sentence," according to Xinhua.
"Those few days last November, when I saw how my son was in danger, I suffered a nervous breakdown. A tragedy happened because of me," the Xinhua report describes her as saying. "This case has been like a big stone pressing down on me for the past half year. Looking back now, it has really been like a nightmare." Four senior police officers today acknowledged hiding evidence against her, according to a court official. (Read more Gu Kailai stories.)