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Ex-Wife Is Convicted in Professor’s Murder

From Times Wire Reports

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.


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