JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Jefferson City man faces life in prison for shooting his estranged wife to death as she worked her part-time job at a McDonald's restaurant.
The Jefferson City News Tribune (http://bit.ly/MBAc3y ) reports a Cole County jury took about three hours Tuesday to convict 49-year-old Keith Kellner of first-degree murder and armed criminal action. The sentence of life without parole is required by Missouri law.
Kellner was accused of confronting 44-year-old Pam Kellner in December 2010 and shooting her in the chest as they talked at a booth in the fast-food restaurant. His lawyer argued that Kellner was a "klutz" who fumbled with the gun and intended to kill himself.
Witnesses testified Kellner was upset that his wife was leaving him. The couple also worked together at the state Revenue Department.