WOBURN, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts jury has convicted a former
Missouri radio reporter of killing his wife by poisoning her with
The Middlesex County jury convicted James Keown of
first-degree murder Wednesday. They deliberated for less than two
Keown faces an automatic sentence of life in prison without
Prosecutors said Keown was deeply in debt and killed his
31-year-old wife, Julie, in hopes of cashing in her $250,000 life
insurance policy. Julie Keown died in September 2004 of a lethal
dose of a chemical found in antifreeze.
Authorities said James Keown spiked his wife's Gatorade with
antifreeze while the couple lived in Waltham, Massachusetts. Keown
later returned to Missouri.
Keown's lawyer said Julie Keown could have committed suicide or
accidentally ingested the chemical.
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