| HONG KONG, April 24
HONG KONG, April 24 American expatriate Nancy
Kissel, who is serving a life sentence in a Hong Kong jail for
the "milkshake" murder of her Merrill Lynch banker husband,
failed in her last bid to appeal her conviction on Thursday.
A panel of three judges on the city's Court of Final Appeal
rejected Kissel's application - the end of a long legal road
that began with her first conviction in 2005.
The panel of judges said they will give their reasons later,
Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK reported.
The 2003 murder gripped Hong Kong's business and expatriate
communities with its tales of domestic violence, rough sex and
adultery that cast a shadow over the high-flying lifestyles of
financial professionals in the former British colony.
Kissel has been in jail since 2005 when she was found guilty
of murdering her husband after giving him a drug-laced milkshake
and then clubbing him to death with a metal ornament in their
luxury home. She was convicted for a second time in 2011,
following a retrial.
In December, Hong Kong's Court of Appeal rejected Kissel's
appeal against her conviction.
During her retrial in 2011, Kissel had pleaded guilty to the
lesser charge of manslaughter, with the defence arguing that she
suffers from depression and had been provoked into the crime
after years of sexual and physical abuse by her husband.
Hong Kong maintains its own British-based legal system under
the "one country, two systems" model that has guided its
transition from British to Chinese rule after the 1997 handover
(Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)