Plea to halt expat Nancy Kissel's murder trial

Lawyers for an American woman accused of drugging then bludgeoning her banker husband to death in their Hong Kong apartment seven years ago urged a judge yesterday to stop her retrial.

Nancy Kissel was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in September 2005, but Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal overturned the verdict in February. The court found prosecutors improperly cross-examined the 46-year-old from Adrian, Michigan, and the trial judge wrongly allowed hearsay evidence.

Lawyers for Ms Kissel argued that the court should grant an application to have the case thrown out altogether. The hearing is expected to last five days.

Ms Kissel's first trial grabbed headlines around the world with its juicy detail on the breakdown of a wealthy expatriate marriage. It spawned two books and a television special.