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Wife guilty of 'milkshake murder'

An American who drugged her investment banker husband with a milkshake and bludgeoned him to death more than seven years ago has been convicted of murder by a Hong Kong court.

Nancy Kissel was sentenced to life imprisonment after her second trial in a case that has grabbed attention with lurid details on the breakdown of a wealthy expatriate marriage in the former British colony.

Her lawyers argued she was a battered, clinically depressed wife who acted under diminished responsibility when her husband provoked her attack.

Prosecutors argued Robert Kissel's death in November 2003 was a carefully planned murder Nancy Kissel tried to conceal.

Prosecutor David Perry said Kissel struck at least five blows to her husband's head with a metal ornament while Robert Kissel lay face down in the bedroom, subdued by six drugs mixed in a milkshake.

She then covered the body with a plastic bag and towels, wrapped it in a carpet and had it moved to storage, Perry said.

Kissel testified her husband physically and sexually abused her as their marriage deteriorated. She denied murder but was willing to admit to manslaughter, a lesser charge that was never filed and the jury did not consider.

The 46-year-old from Adrian, Michigan, did not appear to react as the verdict was announced in court.

Kissel's 2005 conviction was overturned last year on legal grounds.

Robert Kissel worked for Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong and his estate was worth £12 million in life insurance, stocks and properties, according to prosecutors. The case spawned two books and a TV special.

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