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Felix Vail arrived in Lake Charles on a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office plane late Friday night. Vail, charged Friday with second-degree murder in the 1962 death of his wife Mary Horton Vail, was arrested Friday afternoon in Comal County, Texas. (Rick Hickman / American Press)<br>

Felix Vail arrived in Lake Charles on a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office plane late Friday night. Vail, charged Friday with second-degree murder in the 1962 death of his wife Mary Horton Vail, was arrested Friday afternoon in Comal County, Texas. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Calcasieu appoints Vail public defender

Last Modified: Thursday, May 23, 2013 1:23 PM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

The Calcasieu Parish public defender has been appointed to represent Felix Vail.

Vail, 73, was in 72-hour court Tuesday and was assigned to Judge Robert Wyatt’s division. Wyatt signed the arrest warrant last week and ordered that Vail be held without bond.

Vail is accused of killing his wife, Mary Horton Vail, on Oct. 28, 1962. Felix said Mary drowned in the Calcasieu River while they were running trotlines.

He was arrested at the time, but released three days later.

Vail was arrested Friday in Canyon Lake, Texas, where he was living.

In a news release announcing the arrest, both District Attorney John DeRosier and Sheriff Tony Mancuso said it is the oldest cold case either has ever investigated.

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