- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts dentist has been acquitted of charges related to the death of his wife.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2kNpTTd ) a jury found 72-year-old Roger Desilets Jr. not guilty on all counts Tuesday after more than 15 hours of deliberations in Worcester Superior Court.

Desilets faced manslaughter and assault and battery charges in the 2011 death of 65-year-old Kathleen Desilets, whose body was found beneath a broken third-floor window at the couple’s Princeton home.

An autopsy determined she suffered from blunt force trauma, a heart laceration and rib and spine fractures. Prosecutors alleged the dentist pushed his wife during a violent argument, but his lawyers maintained that she jumped.

Roger Desilets’ lawyer, Edward Ryan, called it a “just verdict.” But Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. and the family of Kathleen Desilets said they were disappointed.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), https://www.telegram.com


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