Quantcast

Vail's appeal rejected; sentence adjusted - KATC.com | Continuous News Coverage | Acadiana-Lafayette

Vail's appeal rejected; sentence adjusted

Posted: Updated:
Felix Vail Felix Vail

An appeals court has rejected a request by Felix Vail, who was convicted last year of the 1962 murder of his first wife, for a new trial. 

Vail, 77, was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Mary Horton Vail in August 2016. He appealed that conviction, claiming that the state failed to prove he killed his wife; that evidence he may have killed other women was improperly admitted; that depositions shouldn't have been admitted in lieu of testimony; and that the 54-year delay in prosecution violated his right to a fair trial.

In a 66-page opinion, the Third Circuit Court of Appeal rejected Vail's claims, but the court did decide an error was made in his sentencing. 

The mandatory sentence for a conviction of second-degree murder is life in prison without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. Although the trial judge did give Vail that sentence, he neglected to state specifically that the sentence was to be served "at hard labor." The appeals court ordered that the trial's minutes be edited to reflect that his sentence is to be served at hard labor. 

To read our most recent story about the case, click here

Here's the court's entire ruling, which contains a lot of detail about the evidence presented at the trial: 

WEATHER
Power Doppler HD
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

    US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

    Saturday, January 20 2018 12:03 AM EST2018-01-20 05:03:13 GMT
    PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINEPHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE

      WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. 

      WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. 

  • Opelousas native, two others killed in Kentucky tugboat explosion

    Opelousas native, two others killed in Kentucky tugboat explosion

    Friday, January 19 2018 6:51 PM EST2018-01-19 23:51:46 GMT
    Courtesy of CNNCourtesy of CNN

    Two Louisiana men are confirmed dead after a tugboat explosion on the Tennessee River in Kentucky.  

    Two Louisiana men are confirmed dead after a tugboat explosion on the Tennessee River in Kentucky.  

  • Suspicious package at Slidell Post Office filled with human waste

    Suspicious package at Slidell Post Office filled with human waste

    Friday, January 19 2018 10:43 PM EST2018-01-20 03:43:49 GMT
    Slidell Post Office where suspicious package reported was called in / Slidell Police DepartmentSlidell Post Office where suspicious package reported was called in / Slidell Police Department

    According to Slidell Police, a suspicious package left at a post office turned out to be filled with human waste and not an explosive.

    According to Slidell Police, a suspicious package left at a post office turned out to be filled with human waste and not an explosive.

Powered by Frankly

© KATC.com 2018, KATC.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?