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Man from Missouri convicted in death of his pregnant wife

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) – A jury has convicted a man from Missouri of first-degree murder in the death of his pregnant wife whose battered body was found about a week after she was reported missing in 2019.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 31-year-old Beau Rothwell, of Creve Coeur, also was found guilty Thursday of tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse.

Rothwell admitted killing his wife during his trial, but denied the killing was premeditated and sought conviction on a lesser manslaughter count.

He testified that he bludgeoned 28-year-old Jennifer Rothwell to death with a mallet at their home on Nov. 11, 2019, during a heated argument over his affair with another woman.

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