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Jury: Cortlandt Manor Man Guilty in Wife Slay
After less than two days deliberations, a Westchester County Jury has found 68 year old Werner Lippe of Cortlandt Manor guilty of Second Degree Murder in the killing of his wife, Faith Lippe in 2008 in their Little Lake Road home.
This was Lippe's second murder trial. The first ended in a hung jury.
Prosecutors said Lippe killed his wife using a wooden plank and then disposed of her remains by using a burn barrel in the backyard of their home. Her body has never been found.
A key part of the Prosecution's evidence were three confessions made by Lippe himself. One of those was to a friend, made at Lippe's home. The friend had been wired by police to record the conversation and that confession was played at both trials.
Lippe took the witness stand in his own defense and had argued that the confessions were coerced and that he made them out of paranoia, fear and weariness from police questioning. He maintained, as he had from the beginning, that Faith Lippe simply disappeared and took off in a dark-colored vehicle from their home never to be seen again.
The couple had been in the midst of a bitter divorce at the time.
Lippe now faces 25 years to life in prison when he's sentenced.
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