US expat Ann Patton faces third murder trial in Costa Rica 

By Zach Dyer

Ann Patton was back in a Pérez Zeledón court Monday for her third trial in five years for the 2010 murder of her husband, the wealthy U.S. financier John Felix Bender.

Patton, a 44-year-old U.S. woman, moved with Bender to Costa Rica in 2000 with the aim of building an animal refuge on a sprawling estate in Florida de Barú, a remote community in southern Costa Rica.

After 10 years in the remote jungle, the couple’s opulent lifestyle fell apart when Bender died from a gunshot to the neck. Patton claimed it was a suicide. She said Bender had been depressed and that she tried to pull the gun away from him before he fired.

Prosecutors alleged that Patton killed her husband, who was 43 at the time.

Three trials later, Patton has never wavered in proclaiming her innocence. This latest trial, she said hopefully on Monday, would finally be the one to absolve her of any wrongdoing.

“I did not kill my husband,” Patton told The Tico Times. “I have faith that finally justice will be served.”

Triple jeopardy

In her first trial in 2013 Patton was acquitted, but an appellate court ordered a retrial that was held in May 2014. The 2014 trial found Patton … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times