Malaysian Court Orders US Citizen to the Gallows

Gerald Mickelson found guilty of murdering ex-wife
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 4, 2018 12:11 AM CDT
Malaysia Sentences American Man to Hang
Counsel KA Ramu, lawyer for American Gerald Wayne Mickelson, speaks to the media after a court hearing at Kuala Lumpur High Court, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.   (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)

A Malaysian court has sentenced an American man to death by hanging for killing his ex-wife, but the man will appeal the ruling on the grounds that he acted in self-defense, the AP reports. Lawyer KA Ramu says the High Court found his client, 63-year-old Gerald Wayne Mickelson, guilty of murder in the 2016 strangulation death of his ex-wife Guilda Mickelson, a fellow American citizen. Mickelson was working as an engineering consultant in Malaysia, but planned to move to the Philippines to be with his new Filipino wife. Ramu says the former couple got into an argument and his client acted in self-defense when his ex-wife started attacking him. The court found otherwise in its ruling Tuesday. (More Malaysia stories.)

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