March 11, 2014

A 27-year-old woman who burned her new husband to death after luring him to the bathroom by promising a hot oil massage has been found guilty of arson causing death.


A jury today spared Indian national Shriya Patel from an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole over the April 2012 attack, by finding her not guilty of capital punishment.

Instead, Patel could spend anywhere between spend five years to lif...

11:15 p.m. update: Jurors have been excused for the weekend in the capital murder trial of Shriya Patel.Judge David Crain has said they will resume their deliberations Monday morning.


The 27-year-old woman from India, who appeared relieved with the verdict, had been facing a charge of capital murder in the death of Bimal Patel, 29, and would have received an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole had she been...

The fate of Shriya Patel, charged with intentionally igniting a fiery blast that consumed her husband, remains in the hands of a Travis County jury.The 27-year-old woman, a native of India, is facing an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted of capital murder in the April 2012 incident that killed 29-year-old Bimal Patel. District Judge David Crain also has allowed jurors to consider the lesser offens...

The night Bimal Patel was engulfed in flames, he was likely lying on his back in the bathtub when his wife swiftly opened the door, splashed him with gasoline from a disposable cup and shut him inside, an arson investigator with the Austin Fire Department testified Thursday.


But under cross-examination, Shriya Patel’s defense lawyers disputed the findings of Capt. Andrew Reardon, pointing to cellphone records and other evi...

A Travis County judge on Tuesday sentenced Shriya Patel to 20 years in prison after she was convicted of igniting a flash fire that took the life of her husband in April 2012.


District Judge David Crain accepted the punishment that a jury of 10 women and two men recommended following a total of nine hours of deliberations over two days.


Patel, a 27-year-old woman from India, had been on trial for capital murder in the...

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