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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wife admits exercising husband to death

Picture:Christine Newton-John, formerly John Vallandingham

Newton-John 41, who used to be John Vallandingham before a sex change operation in 1993, stopped her husband from leaving the water in a swimming pool 43 times. Against surveillance video which showed Christine Newton-John, 41, pulling James Mason around the pool by his arms and legs, the transsexual woman admitted exercising her 73-year-old husband to death in the swimming pool. James and Christine had known each other for a number of years and married in 2006 . Police chief Joseph Stehlik the video is bone-chilling and sinister, showing Mr Mason resting his head on the side of the pool several times while gasping for breath. Mr Mason had a heart attack on June 2, 2008 after the extended swim session in Middlefield, Ohio. The couple had been married three years. Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce said they couldn't hear what the struggling man was saying on the video tape as it had no audio which is insufficient for a murder conviction. Newton-John pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and faces up to five years in prison. There were previous complaints that Mr Mason was being abused.


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