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Henthorn To Appeal Guilty Verdict

DENVER (CBS4)- Harold Henthorn, convicted earlier this week of murdering his second wife, Toni, will appeal the conviction according to comments made Friday by his attorney, Craig Truman.

"There will be an appeal in this case," Truman told CBS4. "We are considering the issues that could be raised on appeal."

Truman's comments were his most definitive regarding the future of the case since a federal court jury convicted Henthorn after about 10 hours of deliberation.

Truman said he was not prepared to elaborate on what grounds Henthorn might appeal, but the attorney says an appeal would be filed some time after Henthorn is sentenced in December.

After about two weeks of testimony, the jury of eight women and four men pronounced Henthorn guilty of shoving his wife off a rocky precipice in Rocky Mountain National Park during an anniversary weekend hike. Dr. Toni Henthorn fell nearly 130 feet to her death.

Harold Henthorn, Toni Henthorn
Harold and Toni Henthorn (courtesy to CBS)

Harold Henthorn, 59, always maintained it was an accident. He did not testify at his trial nor did he call any of his own witnesses.

Prosecutors said he did it for $4.7 million dollars in insurance proceeds Henthorn would have received if his wife's death had been ruled an accident.

Authorities also suspect Henthorn of causing the death of his first wife, Lynn, in 1995.

That Douglas County case was initially ruled an accident, but the Douglas County Sheriff's Office has since reopened their investigation and they say they hope to present a strong case to the district attorney for the possible filing of criminal charges.

CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass has been with the station more than 30 years uncovering waste, fraud and corruption. Follow him on Twitter @Briancbs4.


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