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    The 20/20 special was great. It really showed the team effort between those behind the scenes. Annette's mother got the momentum going and the reporter delivered the exposure. It was a long process and hopefully the trial will result in a conviction.

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    http://www.clarionledger.com/story/n...pens/88381248/

    Jury selection began Monday in the historic murder trial of Mississippi native Felix Vail, who mouthed that what is happening is a "circus."

    Despite that initial complaint, Vail listened quietly as the prosecution and defense questioned potential jurors who will decide whether Vail killed his first wife nearly 54 years ago. Later in the day, the 76-year-old Vail, dressed in a blue sports jacket and blue shirt, became more animated, laughing and talking with visitors.

    Assistant District Attorney Hugo Holland questioned potential jurors for more than an hour, seeking to find out if they would sympathize for Vail due to his advanced age or be influenced by press coverage.

    One potential juror said she couldn't send Vail to prison because he's elderly. She was later dismissed.
    Prosecutors say Felix Vail trial should be short

    The murder trial of Felix Vail may be historic (the oldest prosecution of a suspected serial killer in U.S. history), but it isn’t expected to be long.

    Prosecutors are predicting the trial will last a week, including jury selection.

    The trial could make other history, too. If a jury finds Vail guilty and his conviction sticks, this could be "the coldest case ever solved" in America.

    That record had rested with the 2012 murder conviction of Jack McCullough for the 1957 killing of 7-year-old Maria Elizabeth Ridulph — nearly 55 years between the slaying and the conviction.

    But in March, prosecutors asked the trial judge to toss out McCullough's conviction, determining through phone records that he could not have been present for her abduction. He walked free from prison.

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    The jury has been selected and opening statements are now being delivered. I don't know if there's a live video stream for the trial but a few reporters are tweeting from the courtroom.

    https://twitter.com/KplcTschmidt

    Theresa Schmidt Kplc @KplcTschmidt 4 minutes ago

    DeR explains Mary found floating on side, just about face up. When they put her on boat rigor had already set in. DeR says that significant

    Theresa Schmidt Kplc @KplcTschmidt 4 minutes ago

    DeR says stains mean she was dead and stiff when she entered the water

    Felix Vail trial: Opening statements begin

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    http://www.clarionledger.com/story/n...case/88440046/

    Coroner Dr. Terry Welke, a forensic pathologist, testified that he concluded her death was homicide. "I'm 100 percent certain that she was dead before she went in the water," he said.

    DeRosier noted that Felix Vail was the last known person with Mary Horton Vail, who died in 1962; Sharon Hensley, whom he referred to as his wife and who disappeared in 1973; and Annette Craver, whom he married before she disappeared in 1984.

    "Mary Horton Vail is gone, Sharon Hensley is gone," he said, "and Annette Craver Vail is gone."
    Casanave said Mary Horton Vail's death was an accident.

    "There is nothing evil or mysterious about this," he said. "We all know people who fall out of the boat and drown."

    Overall, prosecutors expect to call 21 witnesses. Casanave plans to call a pathologist that will challenge Welke's homicide conclusion.

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    Three families testify in Felix Vail trial

    http://www.clarionledger.com/story/n...four/88552954/

    Mary’s brother, Will Horton, recalled his sister’s fear of “dark water.”

    Sharon’s brother, Brian Hensley, said he last saw his sister with Felix Vail before the pair left in 1973. He said in the month or two that followed, his mother heard from his sister by letter and by telephone, but no one has seen or heard from her since.

    Annette’s mother, Mary Rose, called Annette “a huge light in my life. We were always loving toward each other.”
    “Have you seen or heard from your daughter since September 1984?”

    “No,” replied Rose.

    “How long have you been waiting to tell this to a jury?” he asked.

    “Thirty-two years,” she replied.
    Prosecutors plan to call renowned pathologist Dr. Michael Baden as their last witness Friday morning.

    The case could go to a jury as early as Friday.

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    Felix Vail found guilty!

    http://www.clarionledger.com/story/n...five/88604212/

    Nearly 54 years after Mary Horton Vail went under the dark water of the Calcasieu River, a jury found her then-husband, Felix Vail, guilty of murdering her.

    Sentencing is set for Sept. 26, but Vail will get a life sentence without parole, which means he may celebrate his upcoming 77th birthday behind bars.

    The jury deliberated less than an hour before finding that Vail had killed his wife, rather than an accidental drowning as the coroner ruled after her Oct. 28, 1962, drowning.

    It is the oldest conviction of a suspected serial killer in U.S. history, and if the conviction sticks, it would reportedly be the oldest cold case ever solved..

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    Felix Vail was sentenced to life in prison on Monday.

    http://www.clarionledger.com/story/n...life/91105208/

    In a hearing Monday, Mary’s brother, Will Horton, told Felix Vail, “There is no decency in you, so I don’t expect you to ever reveal the truth about Sharon and Annette. You're not man enough to do that."

    Vail told Judge Robert L. Wyatt, "Your honor, the dramatic plausibility seem to interest the court about 95 percent more than the simple truth."

    He said the truth is his wife, Mary, died in an accident and that the other two women "choose to disappear themselves from abusive mothers."

    He asked the judge to free him because of his age and an unspecified "medical condition."

    Instead, Wyatt gave a life sentence to the 77-year-old Vail, who is expected to serve his time at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.

    "You have been found guilty by a jury," Wyatt said. "The family has experienced the loss of life, the loss of a mother, the loss of a sister."

    Wyatt pointed out to Vail that since this murder, he has "continued to live his life for 50 years."

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    this article is amazing and it what is really amazing is all the time and years that it took to get this creep.. but it was done.. thanks to Rose Annette's Mom who just never gave up!
    https://www.clarionledger.com/story/...hell/95895894/


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