1st-de­gree mur­der con­vic­tion sought

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erie (AP) — Prose­cu­tors plan to seek a first-de­gree mur­der con­vic­tion against a man ac­cused of shoot­ing his wife and toss­ing her into Lake erie and then re­port­ing she’d ac­ci­den­tally fallen over­board from his com­mer­cial fish­ing boat.

Prose­cu­tors in Penn­syl­va­nia’s erie county said christo­pher Le­clair re­ported Karen Le­clair miss­ing June 11 but dock sur­veil­lance images showed the two leav­ing and him re­turn­ing alone. Au­thor­i­ties said her body was found in July with an an­chor at­tached to the torso. An au­topsy in­di­cated she had been shot in the head.

Le­clair was ar­raigned tues­day on charges in­clud­ing crim­i­nal homi­cide, ag­gra­vated as­sault, abuse of a corpse, ev­i­dence tam­per­ing and false re­ports in his wife’s death.

de­fense at­tor­ney Bruce sand­meyer has said Le­clair as­serts his in­no­cence. He said the trial may be held in April.

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