Assaria Man Guilty Of Second Degree Murder
KSN News / Associated Press - Mon 04:26 PM 07/02/2012
A jury in Saline County District Court finds an Assaria man guilty of murdering his wife and severely injuring her sister in a 2010 knife attack.
Michael "Andy" Paulson was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his wife Valerie, and the attempted second-degree murder of her sister.
In a trial that lasted nearly three weeks, the prosecution had tried to portray the crime as premeditated. The defense claimed Paulson simply "snapped" after hearing that his wife was having an affair.
The stabbings happened back in 2010 at the couple's home in Assaria.
Prosecutors said Paulson was facing the prospect of divorce and took a knife upstairs with him when he hid in the loft of their Assaria home as his wife was returning to pick up her belongings. Defense attorney Richard Ney told jurors that Paulson may have spontaneously picked up a knife that had been left in that area.
The jury heard closing statements from both sides on Friday.