Mark Ward Faville killed himself shortly after being convicted for the death of his wife.
A man took his own life shortly after he was convicted of killing his wife in court on Friday.
Mark Ward Faville, of Christiansburg, Virginia, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of his wife Anne, who died in 2000 after being suffocated in a homicidal manner.
Faville had reported at the time she had choked on a piece of chicken, something that was supported by an initial autopsy.
After the verdict was, read, Faville was taken away, and it was then he took his own life in the courthouse.
Faville was later found dead of a self-inflicted wound, though it is not known what kind of weapon he may have used to kill himself.
Deputies do not carry guns when transporting individuals in the courthouse so that they cannot try to grab them.
What's more, everyone must pass through security and an x-ray machine to get into the courthouse.
Police are investigating the incident.
The jury of 10 men and two women took just a few hours to come back with a conviction in the case after hearing closing arguments Friday morning.
The couple's two daughters both testified for the prosecution.
His wife was a local teacher, and in the months after her death both daughters noted odd behaviors from their father.
They also claim he had grown suspicious of his wife, and had even begun following her when she went out on errands.
Immediate family members and friends cried as the verdict was read, almost all of whom believe Faville was guilty.
Writings found at the couple's home seemed to imply that Anne was preparing to leave her husband for her high school sweetheart Chris Crowley, something he himself confirmed when he took the stand earlier this week.
Then, on March 7, Crowley grew concerned when he had not heard from Anne all day and called police.
A little after his concerned call, at around 1am on March 8, Faville ran to his neighbor's home to say his wife had stopped breathing and he needed help.
Robert and Melissa Frederick ran over and said they found Anne dead and cold to the touch, and both they and paramedics reported seeing Faville sitting on his dead wife's chest and slapping her face in their testimony this week.
What's more, Mr. Frederick, a respiratory therapist, repeatedly asked Faville to get off his wife so he could do something, but the man refused to move.
'There was nothing else I could do,' testified Frederick.
Source: Daily Mail