- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The state Supreme Court has denied a writ application filed by an Oberlin man convicted in the June 2013 stabbing death of his estranged wife.

By denying the writ, the court denied Joseph Vercher’s request that his second-degree murder conviction be vacated and a charge of obstruction of justice be dismissed.

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal last May upheld his conviction and life sentence in the slaying of 34-year-old Rachel Denise Lambert Vercher. Joseph Vercher is also serving 10 years on the obstruction of justice charge.

The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) an Allen Parish jury convicted Vercher of second-degree murder after a three-day trial in 2014. Vercher was also found guilty of obstruction of justice for removing items from the crime scene, including the victim’s purse and wedding ring and knives.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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