Iraq War Veteran Convicted In Death Of Wife

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An Iraq war veteran has been convicted of first-degree murder in the shotgun death of his 21-year-old pregnant wife.

A jury took just 2 1/2 hours to convict Ricardo Cortez Thursday in the Sept. 16, 2007, slaying of Nikki Fix-Cortez.

The 25-year-old Cortez pleaded innocent by reason of insanity. The defense said he suffers from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

A psychologist testified that the PTSD stemmed partly from Cortez's work as a medic during two tours in Iraq and from being molested by his father.

Prosecutors say Cortez shot his wife twice in the back because she was leaving him.

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