Husband Found Guilty of Poisoning Wife With Nicotine 20 Years After Her Death

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Paul Marshal Curry and his attorney Lisa Kopelman in Orange County Superior Court. (Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

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A former nuclear power plant engineer accused of poisoning his wife with nicotine more than two decades ago has been found guilty of murder.

Paul M. Curry, 57, could face life in prison after being convicted Tuesday of murdering his wife, Linda Curry, who had also worked at the San Onofre Nuclear Power Station.

She was 50 when she died mysteriously in June 1994 at the couple's San Clemente home. They had been married 21 months.

Prosecutors told jurors that the man some called a genius sedated his wife and gave her a lethal injection of nicotine behind the ear, then collected about half a million dollars in life insurance and other benefits.

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