Mar 19, 2014 4:15 PM by Letitia Walker
A Calcasieu Parish judge has ruled evidence in two other cases involving missing women can be used in a decades old murder trial.
74-year-old William Felix Vail is facing a second-degree murder charge in Calcasieu Parish. Vail's wife, Mary Horton Vail, was killed 50 years ago. Only recently though was her death considered a murder; Vail had told investigators she drowned in the Calcasieu River while they were running trotlines. Vail was arrested at the time of her death, but a grand jury did not indict him.
Vail was arrested this past May in Canyon Lake, Texas, where he was living at the time. Vail is also believed to be the last person to see two other missing women alive. Sharon Hensley (Vail's ex-girlfriend) was reported missing in 1973 and Annette Craver Vail (Vail's 2nd wife) was reported missing in 1984.
The defense argued today that no one has proven Sharon Hensley or Annette Craver Vail are dead, and there was no evidence tying William Vail to either case. Prosecutors say though they can prove their case through circumstantial evidence. The judge said at this point, the court is assuming both of the missing women are dead and information in their cases can be used in the Mary Horton Vail murder case.
While the judge was reading his decision, William Vail began to move in his chair. The defense attorney was overheard telling him to "shut up" and "you have no chance".
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