The NY Daily News reports that a Pennsylvania man accused of throwing his wife’s body into Lake Erie has been found guilty of murder charges. Christopher Leclair shot his wife, Karen Leclair, 51, in the head before tying her up and attaching an anchor to her body. Karen’s remains were discovered near Dunkirk, NY in July 2017, just one month after she was initially reported missing.
Leclair has also been convicted of abuse of a corpse, evidence tampering and false reports. His jury returned the guilty verdict after an hour and 40 minutes of deliberating.
Defense attorneys argued in court that Karen committed suicide because she discovered her husband was cheating on her. They also claimed he disposed of her body so that no one would find out she killed herself. Prosecutors claimed that Christopher’s girlfriend had given her an ultimatum, so he killed Karen.
Evidence was presented in court showing Christopher had told someone about the plan to kill her in 2004. He allegedly told Alexandra Schuler that Karen would fall off of a boat and no one would ever find her body.
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