LI man convicted of stabbing wife

February 17, 2008 9:24:54 AM PST
Jurors on Saturday convicted a Long Island man of murdering his wife with a kitchen knife, rejecting his lawyer's claims that the man should not be held criminally responsible because of mental illness. The jury deliberated for two hours before convicting Elden MacFarlane of second-degree murder. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison at his sentencing, set for March 18.

He repeatedly stabbed his wife, Regina MacFarlane, in the neck in their Bay Shore home on Oct. 21, 2005.

Jurors heard the couple arguing, the victim screaming and her 10-year-old daughter crying on a 911 tape recorded in the moments surrounding the attack. The girl, now 12, also testified.

Prosecutors said MacFarlane stabbed his wife out of anger over a looming divorce.