ALBANY, N.Y. – A second murder conviction has been upheld by an appeals court for the conviction of Warren Powell.
Powell was convicted of murder in 1997 for killed his pregnant wife, Mary Ann Powell, by strangling her. In 1996, her body was found in a hockey equipment bag that Powell dumped in the Hudson River. Weights were used to sink the body.
The conviction was overturned by the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court in 2004. The court said that there was an error in how the jury was selected.
In April 2009, Powell was convicted during his second trial and was ordered to serve 25 years to Life in State Prison. He is also serving 15 to 30 years consecutively for unrelated drug charges.
The 2009 conviction was appealed by Powell's attorney, Steven Coffey. Coffey said that there were errors with expert testimony and the reading of jury notes. Coffey also said that the jurors should not have been shown pictures of the victim's body.
However, the Columbia County DA's office said the jurors were aware to not make judgments on the pictures.