Pennsylvania man guilty of murdering employee, staging fake suicide
Monroe County
James Bidwell

via WNEP:

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (WNEP) -- After five hours of deliberation, a Monroe County jury has found James Bidwell guilty of the 2011 murder of Kristen Wagner. The jury began deliberating Tuesday afternoon.

James Bidwell was accused of killing Wagner and staging it to look like a suicide. Wagner worked for Bidwell, and investigators say the two were also having an affair.

Hours before Wagner was found dead, she was with Bidwell at a bar. Bidwell later dropped Wagner off at the scrapyard where her body was found.

Prosecutors say Bidwell killed Wagner because she told police he sold meth. Prosecutors also went back over how Wagner was found hanging, stating that there was no way she would be able to hang herself on her own and be successful in taking her own life.

Wagner's death was originally ruled a suicide, but the case was reopened in 2014.

MORE: UPDATE: Jury has reached a verdict in Monroe County murder case - WNEP

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