Man Convicted of Killing Wife Freed While Awaiting New Trial
An eastern Missouri man sentenced to life in prison for the killing of his wife is now out of jail awaiting a new trial.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 45-year-old Russell Faria of Lincoln County was released Tuesday after a relative posted $500,000 bond.
A judge granted a new trial on June 5. Faria's attorneys claim that newly discovered evidence would have changed the outcome of the trial that led to his first-degree murder conviction in the 2011 stabbing death of Betsy Faria.
The order primarily focused on the actions and statements of Pamela Hupp, Betsy Faria's friend. Betsy Faria had changed the beneficiary on $150,000 of her life insurance to Hupp days before the killing.
Faria's new trial starts Nov. 2.