A jury of seven women and two men in 2011 accepted the banker's wife planned to drug her husband with a milkshake before bludgeoning his skull with a lead ornament while he was unconscious on their bed.
'We are satisfied that the murder conviction against the applicant is neither unsafe nor unsatisfactory', the city’s Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday, denying Kissel the right to appeal the jury’s verdict at her 2011 retrial.
The mother-of-three, 49, has been imprisoned since her first conviction in 2005 for murdering her husband Robert after drugging him with a milkshake.
Police discovered Robert Kissel’s body four days after his death, wrapped in a sleeping bag and rolled up in a carpet inside a family storeroom after a Merrill colleague made a missing person’s report.
Prosecutors at the second trial had said Kissel was the main beneficiary of her husband’s $18m estate and was having an affair at the time of the killing. Her lawyers had argued she was depressed, suffered from battered woman syndrome and was provoked by her husband before she killed him.
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