The trial of Nancy Kissel, the American mother-of-three accused of murdering her banker husband Robert in their Parkview, Tai Tam, flat in 2003 will take place in January. A court yesterday refused her application for a permanent stay of proceedings. Kissel, 46, is charged with one count of murder over the death of Robert Kissel on November 2, 2003. Mr Justice Andrew Macrae refused the stay application in the Court of First Instance. The trial is scheduled to begin on January 10 and is expected to last 50 days. A pre-trial review hearing will take place on January 4. The judge gave his ruling in a hearing in chambers that was not open to the public, but was open to the media, some family and friends of Kissel and lawyers. Kissel was represented by Edward Fitzgerald QC and the prosecution by David Perry QC during the application, which lasted three days and ended on November 3. Those hearings were not open to the public. Only family members and friends of Kissel, members of the media and lawyers were allowed to be present. The court earlier made an order prohibiting the media from reporting on details of the application. Kissel allegedly killed her husband by battering him to death at their home.