A lengthy battle

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 March, 2011, 12:00am

2003

Nov 2: Robert Kissel last seen alive at his Parkview flat by Andrew Tanzer, his neighbour. Nancy Kissel bludgeons Robert Kissel to death after he drinks a drug-laced milkshake.

Nov 6: Colleague David Noh files a missing persons report and police find Robert Kissel's body in a storeroom at Parkview.

Nov 8: Nancy Kissel is charged with murder.

2005

Jun 7: Trial opens.

Sep 1: Nancy Kissel is sentenced to life in jail after seven jurors unanimously find her guilty of murder.

Sep 28: Nancy Kissel lodges an appeal against the conviction.

2006

Sep 1: Nancy Kissel's children - Elaine, June and Reis - sue their mother for the wrongful death of their father.

Oct 19: Guardianship of the couple's three children awarded by a US judge to Jane Clayton, Robert Kissel's sister.

2008

Oct 6: Nancy Kissel's appeal is heard. Three judges reject her claim that she was denied a fair trial and uphold her conviction and life sentence.

2009

Feb 10: The Court of Appeal gives Nancy Kissel permission to take the case to the Court of Final Appeal.

2010

Jan 13: Nancy Kissel lodges an appeal at the Court of Final Appeal. Her counsel tells the court that the trial judge gave wrong and contradictory directions that effectively prevented the jury from considering her key defence - of acting in self-defence.

Feb 11: The Court of Final Appeal throws out Nancy Kissel's conviction and orders a retrial on the grounds that the prosecutor's cross-examination led to an unfair trial.

2011

Jan 11: Retrial begins. Nancy Kissel denies murder but pleads guilty to manslaughter, which the prosecution does not accept.

Mar 25: Nine jurors unanimously find Nancy Kissel guilty of murder.