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Man sentenced to hang for strangling ex-wife in Malaysia

By Reuters | Published Tue, September 4th 2018 at 11:24, Updated September 4th 2018 at 11:27 GMT +3

A Malaysian court sentenced an American to death by hanging on Tuesday after finding him guilty of murdering his ex-wife, his lawyer said.

Gerald Wayne Mickelson, 63, was accused of strangling Guilda Mickelson, 62, during an argument at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur in November 2016.

Kuala Lumpur High Court rejected Mickelson’s plea of self-defense, lawyer K.A. Ramu told Reuters.

“He told the court his ex-wife attacked him and that he was protecting himself against her,” Ramu said, adding that the accused had alerted hotel staff shortly after the attack.

The judge cited a pathologist’s report which found that the victim had died from “a fatal compression to the neck”, Ramu said.

Ramu said his client planned to appeal against the verdict.

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Mickelson, who was working at a communications firm in Malaysia, had been planning to move to the Philippines to be with his new Filipino wife, Ramu said.

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