Oberlin man sentence to life in prison in stabbing death of his estranged wife

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OBERLIN, Louisiana — A 46-year-old Oberlin man faces life in prison after being found guilty of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice in the stabbing death of his estranged wife.

Joseph Eric Vercher was accused of killing 34-year-old Rachel Denise Lambert Vercher last year.

The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb ) a jury deliberated for 35 minutes Wednesday before finding him guilty.

The jury rejected defense claims that Vercher should be convicted of manslaughter because the crime was committed in the "heat of passion" after a night of arguing and drinking.

Vercher, who showed no emotion after the verdict was read, asked Judge Joel Davis to impose sentence immediately.

He received an additional 10 years for obstruction of justice for removing items from the crime scene and tossing the two knives used in the slaying.

Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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