Man Convicted Of Killing Wife Nearly 30 Years Ago

Posted at 9:41 AM, Jun 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 02:21:23-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - A jury in Middle Tennessee has convicted a man of murder in the death of his wife in 1986.

Jurors deliberated for about two hours on Tuesday before convicting Jewell Moses Bess of killing Deborah Bess in a case that was originally ruled a suicide.

The investigation of the fatal shooting was reopened in 2011 and a Rutherford County grand jury indicted Bess in 2014.

Bess took the stand near the end of the six-day trial. He denied that he shot his wife and said she shot herself.

His adult son, Michael Bess, testified earlier in the trial that he saw his father hold a gun to Deborah Bess' head. He said the gun went off when she tried to move it.

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