Husband Found Guilty Of Killing His Wife Kills Himself In The Courtroom

| by Brendan Kelly
Mark Ward Faville and Anne Faville.Mark Ward Faville and Anne Faville.

After a Virginia man was found guilty of the murder of his wife on April 10, he took his own life in the courtroom.

Mark Ward Faville was found guilty of murdering his wife, although her death was initially deemed an accident.

Anne Faville died in 2000 at the age of 52, according to Mirror Online. She appeared to have been dining alone when she choked on a piece of chicken.

An autopsy confirmed the choking, but when Mark's children turned on him, police became suspicious. 

Mark and Anne had been married for 32 years. They lived in Christiansburg, Virginia, and had three adult children. 

After years of marriage, Anne reportedly felt trapped by Mark as he became more controlling, and she was looking for a way out.

Anne reconnected with a high school sweetheart, Chris Crowley, online, and the two rekindled their old romance. Anne was allegedly planning on ending her marriage with Mark to be with Crowley.

Mark found out about his wife's plans and grew suspicious. He started following her everywhere. He didn't want his wife to leave him.

On March 7, 2000, Crowley called the police panicked because he hadn't heard from Anne, who had said that she was going to tell Mark their marriage was over.

Soon after, Mark ran to a neighbor's house screaming for help because he said he came home to find Anne lifeless at the dinner table. He told the neighbor that he thought she choked on food, so he performed the Heimlich maneuver on her.

Neighbors Robert and Melissa Frederick ran over and saw Anne's body on the floor. Mark allegedly sat on her chest and slapped her face in an attempt to revive her. He reportedly refused to step away when Robert tried to help.

Paramedics arrived, and Mark continued to huddle around Anne, impeding their efforts to help her. They told him that there was nothing they could do, and Anne was pronounced dead.

Police later discovered Anne's diary at the home. The most recent entry read: "I am in love for the first time in 33 years," she wrote. "I feel compelled to check my mail … I am having the time of my life."

Although the autopsy confirmed that Anne choked on her food, Mark and Anne's children grew suspicious of their father. They feared that he had something to do with their mother's death.

Years later, Mark remarried and his children filed a wrongful death lawsuit against him. They accused him of drugging, beating and choking Anne, then standing by as she died. The lawsuit was dismissed. Mark agreed on a settlement but did not admit guilt.

Then, 12 years after Anne died, the case was reopened. A new autopsy was ordered, which was done using paperwork, pictures and evidence from the original case.

Medical examiners came to the conclusion Anne was intentionally suffocated. She had bruises on her arms, head, face, chest and pelvic area, as well as lacerations on her face.

Mark was charged with the murder of his wife in 2013. In the courtroom, Mark confirmed he was aware Anne was going to leave him. His children testified against him.

Crowley spoke in court about his high school romance with Anne and how they'd gone their separate ways when he joined the military. They reconnected a month before Anne's death, and he admitted that he always loved her.

On April 10, after deliberating for several hours, the jury found Mark guilty of voluntary manslaughter. Anne's family broke into tears of relief.

After the verdict, Mark was being led away when officials were heard yelling, "Drop it, drop it." The courtroom was immediately evacuated.

It was revealed in May that Mark had killed himself with a "non-metallic object," according to WDBJ7. A spokesperson for the Christiansburg Police Department declined to name the object, citing courtroom security implications.

Sources: Mirror, WDBJ 7 / Photo credit: Mirror