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Dec 16, 7:39 PM EST

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.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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