Accused wife-killer Werner Lippe will have to wait a while to return to the courtroom of Westchester County Judge Barbara Zambelli. Jury selection for Lippe’s second trial was supposed to start today but was pushed back in part because the judge is in pre-trial hearings for another case. He is scheduled for an appearance before acting state Supreme Court Justice Richard A. Molea tomorrow.
Lippe is charged with second-degree murder in the disappearance of his wife, Faith Lippe, in October 2008. He confessed to knocking his wife unconscious in their Cortlandt home and then incinerating her body in a backyard burn barrel. He later argued that the confession was false, and that he made up that story out of fear and paranoia.
The first trial ended with a hung jury; a second trial was ordered by prosecutors.
Meanwhile, Judge Zambelli is dealing with another homicide case, this one involving a 22-year-old Mount Vernon man accused of shooting a younger man to death during the summer of 2008. Leroi Bouche is charged with second-degree murder in the Aug. 13, 2008 slaying of Shomari Knox, 19.
Knox was found dead in his maroon van at South Ninth Avenue and West Third Street by police, who were called there on a report of shots fired. He was shot in the back and the side of the neck.
Bouche, who has a criminal history that includes drug possession, was shot in the abdomen two weeks later in a playground at Seventh Avenue and West Fourth Street, near Levister Towers – about a block from where police said he shot Knox.
Photo of Leroi Bouche, left. Photo of Werner Lippe, upper left.