Ex-Husband Killed By Wife's Lover - 12/1/2004

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Hearing begins on the trial of an electrician named Daniel Pelosi who was charged with the murder of his girlfriend's ex-husband R. Theodore Ted Ammon, a wealthy investment banker on this day in 2004 at a courtroom in Riverhead, New York. Two weeks into the trial, a jury found Pelosi guilty of murder and he was sentenced to prison. 

52-year-old Theodore Ammon, whose net worth estimated to be around $80 million, was found dead at his house in tony East Hampton, New York. The police report established that the death of Ammon is more than a robbery incident. Prior to Ammon's murder, he was in the middle of a divorce from his second wife, Generosa, with whom he had two kids. The divorce was not yet finalized when Ammon was murdered making Generosa automatically in possession of her husband's wealth. Three months after, Generosa, a socialite married Pelosi a high-school dropout from Long Island, they both became romantically involved in 2000 during the time she hired him as an electrician to work on one of her house she was renovating in Manhattan.

After the wedding, Pelosi began spending his wife's money lavishly, which made the marriage worsened. Three years later, Generosa, then 46, died from breast cancer. In her will, her children inherit the greater part not Pelosi. In March 2004, Pelosi was arrested and charged with Ted Ammon's murder. As the case went to trial in the fall of that year, along with media interest in the case, prosecutors fought that the electrician who had financial issues according to his bank statement, anger problems and prior arrests had killed Ammon to gain access to his wealth. In addition, few witnesses who the prosecution called confirmed Pelosi had admitted to them that he killed the wealthy investment banker. Moreover, prosecutors indicated that Pelosi was the man who had installed a security camera system in the Ted Ammon's Hamptons home, the same system that was found disabled during the killing by police.

The defense counsel presented it case on December 1, arguing that somebody he met on a gay beach close to his home could have killed Ammon who was bi-sexual. Pelosi denied having anything to do with the killing, because he was in the company of his friend to buy beer that fateful night. Later, he affirmed it was Generosa who needed her husband dead. He said that while he was working as an electrician in the home, Generosa had approached him and asked if he knew any hired assassin that would kill her husband or if he could do it himself. 

However, there was no physical proof connecting Pelosi to the killing or the crime scene, Pelosi also accused the witnesses who testified against him as liars.

Finally, on December 13, 2004, a jury found Ammon guilty of second-degree murder after reaching a consensus in two and a half days. The following year, Pelosi 41, was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment, and subsequently, a movie based on the incident titled "Murder in the Hamptons" was released.

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