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A 70 year old Cortlandt man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the killing of his wife.
Werner Lippe was convicted of Second Degree Murder in a jury trial of the killing of his wife, Faith Lippe. Faith Lippe went missing on October 3, 2008. Her body was never found.
Witnesses testified that Werner Lippe admitted to them that he killed his wife using a wooden plank and then disposed of her remains by incinerating them in a burn barrel in the back yard of his home on Little Lake Road.
Lippe's first trial ended in a hung jury. The couple have two teenaged children.
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.
Testimony began today in the second murder re-trial of Cortlandt Manor resident Werner Lippe. Lippe is accused of second degree murder in the killing of his wife Faith in 2008. Her body has never been found. A first trial ended in a hung jury.
Prosecutors today said Lippe had the motive to kill his wife Faith, with whom he had been locked in a bitter divorce battle at the time of her disappearance. The Prosecution argued that Lippe stood to lose roughly $1.5 million in a divorce settlement with his wife, had the divorce gone through.
Lippe has said his wife simply "disappeared" with someone in a dark car the day she went missing in October 2008.
Officials allege Lippe killed his wife, Faith, by hitting her with a wooden plank and then disposed of the body in a burn barrel in the backyard of his Cortlandt Manor home. The couple have two teenaged children.
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