NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) – A three-judge panel is deliberating in the murder trial of a Connecticut man charged with killing his school teacher wife two days after she escaped an attack by another man.

The judges in New London Superior Court heard closing arguments Tuesday in the case of 64-year-old Charles Buck of Mystic and will be deliberating Wednesday. Buck chose the judges instead of a jury.

Fifty-seven-year-old Leslie Buck was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in her home in May 2002. The medical examiner’s office couldn’t determine whether it was a homicide or accident, and experts gave conflicting testimony at the trial about the cause of death.

An acquaintance of the couple, Russell Kirby, is serving a 21-year prison sentence for kidnapping and assaulting Leslie Buck two days before her death.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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