Man guilty of pushing wife off cliff to her death

2015-09-22 13:14
Yvonne Bertolet reacts during a news conference regarding a verdict for the death of her daughter, Toni Henthorn, outside federal court. (David Zalubowski, AP)

Yvonne Bertolet reacts during a news conference regarding a verdict for the death of her daughter, Toni Henthorn, outside federal court. (David Zalubowski, AP)

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Denver - A federal jury has convicted a man of murder in the death of his wife, who fell off a cliff as they hiked in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

Jurors on Monday found 59-year-old Harold Henthorn guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Toni Henthorn. Defence attorneys argued that she accidentally fell while snapping a photo and prosecutors' evidence was largely circumstantial.

Prosecutors argued during a two-week trial that Henthorn staged his wife's death to look like an accident because he stood to benefit from her $4.7 million in life insurance policies.

They said Henthorn gave inconsistent accounts of the deadly hike and could not explain why he had a park map with an "X'' drawn at the spot where she fell.

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