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Old 03-06-2010, 01:40 AM   #2
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Ohio doctor guilty in wife's cyanide death

A former Ohio emergency room physician was convicted of aggravated murder Friday in the 2005 poisoning death of his wife. Jurors deliberated about 18 hours over three days before reaching a verdict in the case of Yazeed Essa, who was accused in the cyanide death of his wife, Rosemarie. The courtroom in Cleveland, Ohio, was packed with Rosemarie Essa's family members, many of whom broke into tears when the verdict was announced shortly after 1 p.m. ET. Prosecutors alleged during the six-week trial that Essa laced his wife's calcium supplements to escape a loveless marriage. He faces life in prison and would not become eligible for parole in 20 years. During deliberations, jurors asked Judge Deena Calabrese whether they could break open a calcium capsule to determine whether that required any special skill or knowledge, a request the judge granted.The trial included testimony from more than 60 witnesses who told the story of a philandering doctor,star trek online credits his many mistresses and an international manhunt that crossed three continents and ended with his arrest in Cyprus in October 2006, 18 months after his wife's death.Defense attorneys pointed to a lack of physical evidence linking Essa to the tainted supplements and urged jurors not to convict him for his playboy lifestyle.The defense also attempted to cast suspicion on Essa's mistresses. Two of them testified, one saying she never loved Essa and another saying she believed him when he promised to be her soul mate. star trek online creditsAfter the verdict, jurors said Essa's lawyers did not convince them that the women were involved. Instead, they attributed their verdict to the cumulative effect of the evidence, from the capsules laced with cyanide to Essa's flight from the United States before a cause of death was announced.
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