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Washington County Man Found Guilty of Killing His Wife

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WASHINGTON A 71-year-old Washington County man was convicted by a jury Friday for smothering his wife to death in their home last January.

James Blum was found guilty of second-degree murder in 67-year-old Patricia Blum's death. He faces 50 years in prison and will be sentenced Feb. 21 in Washington County District Court.

Testimony at the trial revealed Blum, a former Wellman City Council member, held his wife's head down into sofa cushions and smothered her until she quit breathing.

Blum waited nearly a half an hour to call 911 to report the death, according to testimony. Patricia died from asphyxiation.

The defense maintained Blum didn't kill his wife.

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