Ann Patton Acquitted for Murder in 3rd Trial in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica News – An American woman living in Costa Rica has been acquitted of her husband’s murder for the second time, though prosecutors say they’ll pursuit another trial.

Monday’s verdict capped the third trial against Ann Patton in her late millionaire husband’s 2010 death.

The 44-year-old was accused of fatally shooting former Wall Street trader John Bender in the neck inside of their glass jungle mansion.

But his widow maintains that Bender, 44, committed suicide after a brief struggle over his gun which followed his suffering years of depression and making similar suicide threats.

The court’s latest unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel, which cited reasonable doubt, follows her being acquitted in his murder in 2013.

She was retried and found guilty in May, 2014, sentencing her to 20 years in prison. She served nine months of that sentence before the guilty verdict was tossed by an appellate court in February. She was then ordered to undergo a retrial in early August, The Tico Times reported.

Being tried outside of the U.S., Patton isn’t entitled to double jeopardy, which would prohibit her from being tried again on the same charges.

Though this week’s verdict is ultimately good news, Patton says she knows that she remains in the … continue reading

Via:: Costa Rican Times