Man acquitted in retrial over teacher-wife's death

COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) -- A southern Michigan man who won a new trial after being convicted of killing his wife on their young son's birthday has been found not guilty.

Forty-two-year-old Tom Foley testified for several hours Thursday at the Branch County courthouse in Coldwater and denied killing his wife, Dee Dee Foley. A jury acquitted him Saturday.

The path for a new trial was cleared after the Michigan Supreme Court declined to take an appeal from the prosecutor.

Dee Dee Foley was a popular teacher in the Union City school district. The 41-year-old was fatally shot in 2009 in Branch County's Girard Township.

Tom Foley was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, but the trial judge and appeals court granted him a new trial.

Published: Tue, Aug 2, 2011