David Marx was convicted of second-degree murder. (Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office)
NEW ORLEANS — A New Orleans jury deliberated for an hour and a half before convicting a former Navy chief petty officer on charges of second-degree murder in the crossbow shooting of his wife in their home in 2011.
The Times-Picayune reports David Marx sat quietly with his head hung low Thursday as Judge Ben Willard read aloud the unanimous verdict.
During the course of the four-day trial, prosecutors told jurors the story of how Marx, a 43-year-old man involved in an out-of-state extra-marital affair, began to see his wife as an “inconvenient burden” and then “planned and executed her brutal murder.”
Police said 52-year-old Mary Marx suffered two very serious puncture wounds, one to the face and one to the chest, which an autopsy showed were the result of arrows fired from a crossbow.