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Murder conviction upheld in Oklahoma “no body” case

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld a murder conviction even though the victim's body was never found.
by Nolan Clay Modified: October 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm •  Published: October 18, 2012
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Google searches, for instance, were made on her computer on Aug. 28, 2007, on “handcuff,” “easy murder,” “murder methods,” “spousal murder,” “quick kill,” “strangulation,” “execution methods,” “human torture methods” and “human castration,” according to testimony.

Saved to her computer was the downloaded article, “Butchering the Human Carcass for Human Consumption,” according to testimony.

She did not testify on her own behalf at trial. Her defense attorneys suggested Manny Salado abandoned her and their young daughter to be with another woman in the Dominican Republic.

In her appeal, she raised eight issues. They included a claim the evidence against her was insufficient to support her conviction. The appeals court rejected all her complaints.

Her last complaint was about her sentence. The appeals court said, “Appellant murdered, dismembered and disposed of her husband. Her punishment is not excessive.”

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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