TROY, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri man once convicted of murder in his wife's 2011 stabbing death was acquitted in a re-trial.
Russell Faria was acquitted in a bench trial bench trial that began Monday in Lincoln County. St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer decided the case.
Prosecutors argued that an enraged Faria stabbed wife Betsy Faria. Russell Faria's attorney countered that the killing was carried out by one of the victim's friends seeking to collect on a $150,000 life insurance policy.
Ohmer ordered the new trial after ruling that newly discovered evidence could produce a different outcome.
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