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Oct 27, 2010 1:04 PM by Greg Boyce

Man convicted of killing wife, though body never found

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A 68-year-old New York jeweler has been convicted of killing his wife by incinerating her in an oil drum.

The verdict Wednesday came in Werner Lippe's second murder trial. His first trial ended in February with a hung jury. Prosecutors were hampered by the lack of any forensic evidence: No body, no bone fragments, no DNA.

But the Cortlandt man confessed three times that he killed his 49-year-old wife, Faith, as they were in divorce proceedings. On recorded statements, Lippe said he knocked her out with a board, then burned her up in a backyard "burn barrel."  Lippe recanted those confessions, saying he made them up out of fear. He claimed it was impossible to destroy bones and teeth by burning.

The Lippes had two children.

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