Lippe guilty of murder in burning death of wife

A Westchester County jury took eight hours — six yesterday and two today — to find Cortlandt jewelry artist Werner Lippe guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, (pictured left) a 49-year-old school nutritionist who disappeared two years ago.

Lippe had confessed to knocking his wife unconscious and burning her remains in a backyard oil drum. He testified at trial that the confession was coerced.

The 11:40 a.m. verdict unleashed a wave of emotion and relief over Faith Lippe’s family and friends. Her sister, Dawn Faigle, threw her arms around prosecutor Christine O’Connor in the District Attorney’s office upstairs and fought tears as she recalled the psychological abuse Werner Lippe inflicted on her sister. She publicly thanked O’Connor and prosecutor John O’Rourke for their hard work on the case.

“Their endless devotion sends a strong message that domestic violence will not be tolerated and these criminals will be brought to justice,” she said.

For more about the verdict and courtroom reaction, as well as background on the trial, click here.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.