A Lincoln County jury began deliberations Thursday morning in the murder trial of Russell Faria, of Troy. After approximately four hours, they found him guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Sentencing is set for Dec. 23. The trial spanned four days and was heard before the Honorable Chris Kunza Mennemeyer.
Faria is accused of stabbing his wife, Elizabeth Faria, age 42, multiple times on Dec. 27, 2011 in their home located in the Waterbrooke Estates northwest of Troy on Sumac Drive. Authorities arrived on the scene between 9:30 and 10 p.m.
Faria was taken into custody that evening but later released. Then Sheriff Mike Krigbaum asked for the assistance of the Major Case Squad and over 100 investigators worked the case.
Police found a steak knife in the victim`s neck when they responded to the scene. Faria had called and told authorities that his wife had committed suicide when he discovered her when he arrived home that evening.
Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney Leah Askey head the prosecuting team which spanned several days. Joel Schwartz led the defense team. After the verdict was read, Schwartz indicated a plan to appeal.
Schwartz called several witnesses who said that Faria was at a residence in St. Charles County that evening participating in a weekly session where the participants enjoyed in playing a role game. The night in questioned the group watched two movies before departing about 9 p.m. They testified that Faria did not leave that residence the entire three hours (6-9 p.m.).
The Farias had been married 12 years prior to the incident. At the of her death, Elizabeth Faria was undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer