Wise Co. jury hands down murder verdict

It took a Wise County jury less than 20 minutes Friday morning to deliver their sentence of life in prison to Kris Rau for the murder of his girlfriend. The jury also assessed a $10,000 fine.

Prosecutors said the 52-year-old suspect shot Lianne Murray in April of last year in her Boonesville home and then claimed she shot herself.

A jail cellmate of Rau’s took the stand and testified that Rau confessed the murder to him in the Wise County Jail.

Rau will have to serve at least 30 years before he becomes eligible for parole.

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