Virginia man convicted of murder for strangling wife

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CHESAPEAKE, Virginia (AP) – A man from Virginia has been convicted of murder and is now facing life in prison for strangling his wife with his hands and pajama pants.

After a week-long bench trial, a judge on Friday convicted William Khine, 42, of murder in the 2017 murder of Khin Shwe, 39, reported the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk. Lawyers on both sides of the case had agreed that Circuit Court Judge Rufus Banks Jr. would decide the case instead of a jury, which Virginia law allows. Sentencing is set for June 15.

Prosecutors argued during the trial that Shwe’s murder was deliberate and premeditated. Khine’s public defenders have argued that he was legally insane at the time of the murder and that Banks should find him not guilty by reason of insanity.

The police found Shwe’s body inside the couple’s apartment in Chesapeake on March 10, 2017. Khine called 911 and said he and his wife were arguing and “someone in his mind” was telling him to kill her, according to the search warrant affidavits. Prosecutor David Mick argued that Khine killed his wife because Shwe was going to divorce him. The murder did not happen spontaneously or on impulse, he said.

A court-appointed forensic assessor said Khine was suffering from acute psychosis at the time of the murder.

Khine is from Myanmar who has lived in the United States for two decades. Interpreters translated the minutes for him.

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