Calcasieu

Jun 18, 2013 5:23 PM by KPLC TV

Judge finds cause to hold Vail in death of first wife

LAKE CHARLES | Judge Robert Wyatt determined that there is probable cause to hold Felix Vail on a second-degree murder charge in the 1962 death of his wife, Mary Horton Vail.

Vail, 73, has yet to be indicted in the case. The case will go before a Calcasieu Parish grand jury on June 27.

Wyatt also denied bail, saying he considered Vail a flight risk.

Mary was found dead in October 1962 in the Calcasieu River. Felix Vail claimed that she was the victim of a boating accident. The coroner in 1962 ruled the death as an accidental drowning. The case was recently reopened and the death was ruled a homicide by Calcasieu Coroner Dr. Terry Welke.

Vail was arrested last month in Canyon Lake, Texas.

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