Prosecutors seek yet another murder trial for Ann Patton Bender

A family member says that the Costa Rican judiciary have filed an appeal against the acquittal of Ann Patton Bender in the death of her husband.

If the appeals court grants the motion the subsequent trial will be the fourth for the woman. The grounds for the appeal were not yet available, but prosecutors promised an appeal as they started the third trial in August in Pérez Zeledón.

Mrs. Patton left the country after her second acquittal.

Mrs. Bender, a U.S. citizen, went through three trials for the 2010 shooting death of her husband, multimillionaire John Bender, also a U.S. citizen. The husband and wife were alone in their five-story 8,000-square-foot glass-walled showplace mansion when Bender died.

The prosecution claims Mrs. Bender shot him. She has testified that she was struggling with him to prevent the suicide when the firearm went off.

The Benders usually carried weapons because their 5,000-acre  private wildlife refuge in La Florida de Barú was plagued by poachers and others.

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