Assaria Man Convicted In Wife's Death

By: AP, Posted by Chelsey Moran
By: AP, Posted by Chelsey Moran

SALINA, Kan. (AP) _ A 41-year-old central Kansas man has been found guilty in the 2010 death of his wife.

A Saline County jury on Monday convicted Michael Andrew Paulson of second-degree murder in the July 6, 2010, death of Valerie Paulson.

The Salina Journal reports ( that Paulson, who uses his middle name, also was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder in connection with injuries inflicted on his sister-in-law, Jessie Putman.

Prosecutors said Paulson was facing the prospect of divorce and took a knife upstairs with him when he hid in the loft of their Assaria home as his wife was returning to pick up her belongings.

Defense attorney Richard Ney told jurors that Paulson may have spontaneously picked up a knife that had been left in that area.

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