Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

2nd-Degree Murder Verdict against Dye in Wife's Death

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

2nd-Degree Murder Verdict against Dye in Wife's Death

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When a jury came back Thursday after finding William B. Dye guilty of murdering his wife, the reaction of the victim's father was one of relief.

Frank Reiss said, "I'm happy he's gone. He won't be able to harm anybody else or our granddaughter."

Dye, 28, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death Oct. 11, 1992, of Tammy Lynne Dye, 19, of St. Charles. Prosecutor Ross Buehler says she was strangled and sexually assaulted. The couple has a daughter, who was 1 at the time of her mother's murder and who was in the apartment at the time.

The jury returned its verdict after nearly 15 hours of deliberation. Jurors were given the option of finding Dye guilty of either first-degree or second-degree murder. The penalty for second-degree murder ranges from 10 years to life in prison with the possibility of probation or parole.

Circuit Judge William T. Lohmar has scheduled sentencing for Aug. 11. Joel Schwartz, Dye's attorney, said he would appeal the verdict. Dye remains in the St. Charles County jail in lieu of $1 million bond.

The prosecutor said the reason for the murder and sexual assault stemmed from Dye's obsession with his wife. The portrait of the couple's marriage that emerged from the trial was one of nearly constant physical confrontation.

One witness, Eve Webster, said she was a friend of Tammy and that she had met Tammy several years ago at a recreation area where Tammy "threw me on the ground and kicked the hell out of me." The friend indicated that she and William Dye had been flirting with each other and Tammy was jealous.

Webster said that the night before Tammy Dye's killing, Tammy Dye had seen William Dye talking with a woman at a party, became angry and grabbed William Dye by the shirt and threw him out in the street.

Michael Spradling testified that he and Tammy Dye had been lovers and that William Dye had threatened to kill them both because of their relationship. …

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