Man Convicted After Wife Buried With 'Guilty' Cologne

Luc Tieman denies killing her
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2018 2:07 PM CDT
Her Body Was Found Buried With 'Guilty' Cologne
Luc Tieman enters Somerset County Superior Court in Skowhegan, Maine, in this Sept. 23, 2016, file photo.   (Michael G. Seamans/The Central Maine Morning Sentinel via AP, File)

Perhaps the "Guilty" fragrance in her grave was a giveaway—because it took only 40 minutes Monday for jurors to decide Luc Tieman killed his wife. "I changed my story a lot," the Maine man admitted Friday when delivering his own closing arguments in his murder trial, against his lawyer's advice, reports Tieman said he'd invented theories about what happened to 34-year-old Valerie Tieman because police had threatened his parents, on whose Fairfield property Valerie's body was found in September 2016. Authorities believe Valerie was killed around Aug. 25, when her cellphone was last used. But it was Sept. 9 before her parents reported her missing. Her husband then told police Valerie had vanished from a Walmart store on Aug. 30, reports the Bangor Daily News.

She might've gone camping, or died of a heroin overdose, Tieman said, before Valerie's body turned up with gunshot wounds to the head and neck in a shallow grave near his parents' home, where the couple lived. The grave also contained flowers, a wedding band, a bag of potato chips, a bottle of Gucci fragrance "Guilty," and a note containing Tieman's nickname "Luc-e," per "I'll love you forever. Rest in peace," it read. Tieman, who said the items came from a bedside table, couldn't explain how they got in the grave. But he said he had no motive to kill Valerie, even though prosecutors say he admitted she'd recently learned he was having an affair. After the jury's verdict, Tieman's lawyer said his client would appeal. "We're obviously disappointed. There was no forensic evidence. There was no DNA," he said. (A 1966 murder appears solved.)

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