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Tenn. Man Convicted in Wife’s Death

August 18, 2006

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A former Nashville attorney was convicted Thursday of killing his socialite wife, who disappeared 10 years ago.

A jury convicted Perry March, 45, of all charges _ second-degree murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence _ in the death of Janet Levine March, who went missing in August 1996. She would have turned 43 on Thursday.

There were no known witnesses to Levine March’s death, and her body was never found, but she was declared legally dead in 2000.

March is already in jail after being convicted this year of conspiring to murder his in-laws and stealing from his former law firm.

March’s father, Arthur, testified his son told him that the woman had died accidentally and that he disposed of her body near Bowling Green, Ky.

Searches of the area have found nothing.

``It’s very compelling when a father testifies against a son,″ prosecutor Tom Thurman said.

Arthur March pleaded guilty in the in-law conspiracy and testified against his son in exchange for an 18-month prison sentence.

Perry March was identified as a suspect in 1996 but not arrested until last August.

He could face 25 years in prison on the murder charge alone.

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