Fox Files: Unexpected turn in Faria murder case

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LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – An unexpected turn in court Thursday in the case of a Lincoln County man accused of killing his wife.

Russ Faria’s attorney, Joel Schwartz, got right to the point at Thursday’s hearing – he wanted the judge to decide his client’s fate and not involve a jury.

Faria is preparing for a new trial after an appeals court opened the door and Judge Stephen Ohmer ordered a retrial.

A 2013 trial led to a life sentence for Faria for the stabbing death of his wife, Betsy. She was killed December 27, 2011, stabbed more than 50 times with a steak knife left in her neck.

Faria called 911 to report he found his wife dead. He said he’d just arrived at his Lincoln County home after leaving a movie and game night with friends in O’Fallon.

Faria’s new trial will begin November 2. You won’t find any sign of it online and you won’t be able to get the court file from the clerk. The judge didn’t seal it in open court, but he took it off the books after the Lincoln County prosecutor complained about media coverage.

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