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Jury convicts Powell of murder

Jury convicts Powell of murder

Warren Powell was convicted of killing his wife this morning.

Warren Powell, the man accused of killing his six-months pregnant wife in 1994, was found guilty this morning of murder, Columbia County Court officials said.

The jury came back with its verdict shortly after 11 a.m., choosing against a lesser count of manslaughter and finding the former Schenectady resident guilty of second-degree murder.

Powell showed little reaction as the verdict was read, according to first assistant district attorney Michael Cozzolino, who was in the courtroom when the verdict was read.

Also in the courtroom were Mary Ann Powell’s parents, Cozzolino said. He described them as looking relieved.

Prosecutors allege Warren Powell killed his 22-year-old wife Oct. 1, 1994, the day she was last seen, and dumped her body in the Hudson River. The couple were living in Halfmoon at the time. Mary Ann Powell was a native of Rotterdam. The body wasn’t found until nearly two years later.

Powell now faces 25 years to life in state prison.

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