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Newlywed Guilty of Murdering Wife Days After Honeymoon

A jury returned a guilty verdict Tuesday for a South Florida man accused of murdering his newlywed wife to collect a $1 million insurance policy

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    A jury returned a guilty verdict Tuesday for a South Florida man accused of murdering his newlywed wife to collect a $1 million insurance policy. NBC 6's Hank Tester reports. (Published Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014)

    A jury returned a guilty verdict Tuesday for a South Florida man accused of murdering his newlywed wife to collect a $1 million insurance policy.

    Michel Escoto, 42, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of wife Wendy Trapaga in October 2002 to collect the policy. The couple had returned from their honeymoon just days earlier.

    Escoto Found Guilty in Newlywed Murder Trial

    [MI] Escoto Found Guilty in Newlywed Murder Trial
    Michel Escoto, 42, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of wife Wendy Trapaga in October 2002 to collect the policy. The couple had returned from their honeymoon just days earlier. (Published Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014)

    The body of Trapaga, 21, was found next to a trash bin at a warehouse parking lot between the Palmetto Expressway and Miami Springs.

    Escoto showed little emotion as the verdict was read. Trapaga's family cried.

    Closing Arguments in Michel Escoto Trial

    [MI] Closing Arguments in Michel Escoto Trial
    Closing arguments began Monday in the trial of a South Florida man accused of murdering his newlywed wife. NBC 6's Hank Tester reports. (Published Monday, Apr 21, 2014)


    Both sides presented closing arguments Monday. Escoto faces life in prison at sentencing, which was scheduled for May 7.

    Courtroom Drama Continues in Escoto Trial

    [MI] Courtroom Drama Continues in Escoto Trial
    It was a contentious day in a Miami courtroom today, as Michel Escoto, introduced new evidence and experts in the trial accusing him of killing his wife. Hank Tester has the latest courtroom drama. (Published Friday, Apr 11, 2014)

    The trial, which began last month, has provided for some dramatic and awkward moments as Escoto, who is not an attorney, represented himself. Escoto had pleaded not guilty.

    Prosecutors had repeatedly objected to Escoto, who was also held in contempt at one point after he allegedly threatened a witness on the stand.

    Escoto Testifies in Newlywed Murder Trial

    [MI] Escoto Testifies in Newlywed Murder Trial
    Michel Escoto testified in court Wednesday. He is accused of accused of murdering his newlywed wife. NBC 6's Hank Tester reports. (Published Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014)