HONG KONG — An American who drugged her investment banker-husband with a milkshake and bludgeoned him to death more than seven years ago was convicted of murder yesterday at her second trial in a case that grabbed world attention with lurid details on the breakdown of a wealthy expatriate marriage in Hong Kong.
The unanimous verdict and automatic life sentence match the outcome of the first trial against Nancy Kissel, whose lawyers argued she was a battered, clinically depressed wife who acted under diminished responsibility when her husband provoked her attack.
Prosecutors argued Robert Kissel’s death in November 2003 was a carefully planned murder.
In opening statements in January, prosecutor David Perry said Kissel struck at least five blows to her husband’s head with a metal ornament while Robert Kissel lay face down in the bedroom, subdued by six drugs mixed in a milkshake. She then covered the body with a plastic bag and towels, wrapped it in a carpet, and had it moved to storage, Perry said.