LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The trial for 74-year-old William Felix Vail on a second-degree murder charge in the death of his wife, Mary Horton Vail, 50 years ago will be held in Calcasieu Parish.

The American Press reports that Judge Robert Wyatt denied this past week a defense motion for a change of venue. Wyatt said he believed unbiased jurors could be found in the parish and that media coverage has not been overly extensive.

Prosecutors say Vail allegedly killed his wife in October 1962. He claims she drowned in the Calcasieu River while they were running trotlines.

Vail has pleaded not guilty. A trial date has not been set.


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