Prosecutors: Lippe had motive, know-how to kill wife

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Opening statements were made yesterday morning in the second murder trial of a Cortlandt man who's being accused of killing his wife and then burning her body.

A mistrial was declared after jurors said they could not reach a conclusion in the first trial of Werner Lippe.

Yesterday, prosecutors argued that Lippe had the motive and know-how to kill his wife, Faith, whom he would have owed $1.5 million after their divorce proceedings played out.

Lawyers say Lippe hit his wife from behind with a piece of wood and burned her body in a barrel in the backyard of their Cortlandt home.

Lippe's attorney says he is not the evil genius that the prosecution is making him out to be and stressed to the jury that "you can't convict someone on maybe."

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