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Wife guilty in attempted murder of husband

BALLSTON SPA - Lydia Ann Salce showed no reaction Friday morning when a jury of nine women and three men found her guilty of trying to kill her husband, Michael McKee, at the Halfmoon home they shared.

Salce stabbed McKee more than a dozen times on August 11th of last year, puncturing both lungs and leaving him in critical condition at Albany Med.

Salce maintained that she was defending herself, but the jury didn't believe it because the only injury she had was a black eye, which prosecutors said McKee gave her as he tried to defend himself from the knife attack.

"The jury was able to see that self defense was not viable in this case," said Michele Schettino, the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case.

The District Attorney says this case was made more difficult to try because of the victim's appearance and criminal history. Michael McKee had two felony convictions in Florida in the 90s and he's covered with tattoos, including what the defense attorney called Nazi symbols.

Jim Murphy said the jury looked past McKee's appearance. "You realize there's a real human being there who has thoughts and feelings like the rest of us and he doesn't deserve to be injured or stabbed."

Salce will be sentenced August 31.


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