New trial denied for man convicted of wife's murder
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania judge has denied a new trial for a man serving a life term in the strangulation murder of his wife.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ( http://bit.ly/1A7Xdav ) reported Tuesday that a Westmoreland County judge denied the motion on behalf of 44-year-old David Stahl.
He was convicted of first-degree murder in the February 2012 death of 37-year-old Rebecca Stahl, a Derry Area schoolteacher.
A public defender last month repeated Stahl's contention that he acted in self-defense after she attacked him and also argued that he could only be guilty of manslaughter or a lesser-degree of murder because he never had a specific intent to kill his wife.
Prosecutors said Stahl killed the victim after an argument and kept her body in a shed for two days before dumping it.
Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com