US 'Milkshake Murderer' Re-Convicted in Hong Kong

Jury again finds Nancy Kissel guilty of killing her husband
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2011 12:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – American expatriate Nancy Kissel was convicted of murder once again today in Hong Kong, earning the so-called "milkshake murderer" another life sentence, the AP reports. Kissel was famously convicted in 2005 of drugging her husband's milkshake and then beating him to death with a statuette, but that conviction was thrown out last year after a judge ruled that prosecutors had introduced hearsay evidence. Her second trial ended today the same way her first one had.

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Kissel's lawyer asked the judge to recommend compassion for Kissel when a review board looks at her sentence, arguing that she was driven to her crime by domestic abuse. Kissel has never denied killing her husband, but argued that it was self-defense given his abuse. Prosecutors countered that it was a premeditated crime. In their gruesome telling, Kissel slipped her husband a five-drug cocktail, then smashed his head with the statuette at least five times, before rolling his body up in a carpet and putting it in storage. (Read more Nancy Kissel stories.)

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