Calcasieu appoints Vail public defender

By 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.