Ex-Wife Is Convicted in Professor’s Murder
Jurors deliberated less than an hour before convicting the former wife of a University of Richmond professor of murdering him in an ambush.
Piper Rountree, 45, was convicted of first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the Oct. 30 murder of Fredric Jablin, who was shot outside his home in a Richmond suburb.
Jurors recommended she be sentenced to life in prison -- the maximum sentence. Prosecutors said Rountree killed Jablin, 52, because she was intent on regaining custody of the couple’s three children and cashing in Jablin’s $200,000 insurance policy.