- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man has been convicted having killed his estranged wife in a fire in western Pennsylvania 3½ years ago.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that an Allegheny County judge said Monday he had no doubt that 55-year-old James Karr intentionally set the fatal December 2014 blaze at the Duquesne home of 56-year-old Maureen Karr.

But Judge Anthony Mariani said he wasn’t sure whether the defendant killed the victim with specific intent and premeditation, although police found her neck, hands and feed bound with wire.

So he convicted Karr in the nonjury trial of second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of life without possibility of parole.

Days earlier, the victim had sought a protection-from-abuse order.

Defense attorney Christopher Patarini unsuccessfully asked the judge to disregard a confession, saying it wasn’t voluntary.


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

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