STROUDSBURG, Pa. - A jury has reached a verdict in the case of a man accused in the 2011 death of his girlfriend.
James Bidwell was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Kristen Wagner.
His sentencing is scheduled for May 11.
Kristen Wagner's 2011 death was originally ruled a suicide, but Bidwell was put on trial for her murder.
Prosecutors said Bidwell strangled his girlfriend Kristin Wagner and then hung her body in a refrigeration truck at his Stroud Township business in 2011.
The death was initially ruled a suicide, but years later police got a tip from a a business associate of Bidwell, who claimed Bidwell confessed to killing Wagner and staging things to look like a suicide.
During closing arguments, the prosecution described how they believe Bidwell staged the crime scene, saying the cord used to hang Wagner's body wasn't properly tied and wouldn't have killed her and that her footprints were not in the trailer where her body was found.
What was found, they say, was a set of workboot prints. Then the prosecution showed a picture of Bidwell in workboots and told jurors cell phone records placed him in the area at the time of the murder.
The defense says Wagner's death was a suicide, and that two forensic experts backed it up. The defense says Wagner was distraught over losing her kids and told someone at drug rehab she wanted that she wanted to inject bleach into her veins.
As for the person who tipped off police, the defense says he's a career criminal who stole from Bidwell and can't be trusted.