Perry March Verdict In

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A former Nashville attorney was convicted today in the murder of his wife 10 years ago.

Perry March was found guilty of second-degree murder and lesser charges by a jury in Nashville that deliberated approximately 13 hours over two days.

The case fascinated and mystified Nashville for a decade.

Janet March, from a well-heeled Nashville family, disappeared ten years ago and was declared legally dead in 2000.

Her body has never been found. There were no known witnesses to her death.

An inmate jailed with March testified that March told him that he struck Janet with a wrench during an argument at their fashionable Nashville home. The defense challenged the testimony as originating from someone seeking a reduced sentence.

The jury was selected in Chattanooga last week and transported to Nashville for the trial, which lasted nine days.

March will be sentenced September 6. He showed no emotion when the verdict was read.

March also was convicted of abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

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