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.