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HONG KONG - AN AMERICAN woman who won a retrial over the killing of her high-flying banker husband in what was dubbed the 'milkshake murder' will ask a Hong Kong court on Monday to dismiss the charges and set her free.
Nancy Kissel was convicted of drugging Robert Kissel with a sedatives-laced strawberry milkshake before bludgeoning him to death in 2003 in one of Hong Kong's most infamous killings.
The mother-of-three was handed a life sentence in 2005 but the southern Chinese city's Court of Final Appeal overturned the conviction in February, citing legal errors at her first trial, and ordered a fresh hearing.
Kissel's legal team was expected to argue that intense media publicity surrounding the case would doom her chances of getting a fair hearing at a retrial scheduled for January.
Kissel's barrister declined to comment on the hearing.
'We dont't want to create any more publicity in this case so I cannot discuss the details with you,' he told AFP. If a High Court judge agrees with Kissel's argument, she could ultimately be set free, barring a successful appeal by prosecutors.
US woman to ask for freedom