Jury Convicts Woman of Arson in Husband's Death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A Central Texas jury has acquitted a woman of capital murder but convicted her of arson in the bathtub burning death of her husband.

Shriya Patel faces a sentence of five years to life in prison for the April 2012 incident that killed 29-year-old Bimal Patel. Had the 27-year-old woman been convicted of capital murder, she'd have been sentenced to life imprisonment without parole as prosecutors didn't seek the death penalty.

The Travis County jury deliberated about 11 hours over two days before reaching a verdict.

Prosecutors said the woman was unhappy with her arranged marriage and lured her husband to the bathtub, doused him with gasoline and set him afire. The defense attorney argued Bimal Patel wanted to kill himself and forced his wife to help.

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