Former deputy convicted of ex-wife's murder in new trial

COEUR D'ALENE - A former sheriff's deputy in northern Idaho for the second time has been convicted of killing his ex-wife.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that a jury on Friday convicted Joseph A. Thomas Jr. of first-degree murder.

Thomas was convicted in 2011 of killing Beth Irby-Thomas and sentenced to at least 25 years in prison, but the Idaho Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 2014.

Their decision was based on the judge not allowing evidence that Irby-Thomas inadvertently strangled herself while engaged in the solitary practice of autoerotic asphyxia.

Sentencing for Thomas, a former Nez Perce County sheriff's deputy, has yet to be set.

The trial was moved from Lewiston to Coeur d'Alene to make it easier for attorneys to find an unbiased jury.

© 2017 Associated Press


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