Authorities: Woman found digging grave for dead wife convicted of manslaughter

Posted: Updated:

A New Jersey woman who authorities say was digging a grave for her dead wife when police arrived at their home 2 1/2 years ago has been convicted of manslaughter, but acquitted of murder.

Jurors in Burlington County deliberated for over three days before convicting Laura Bluestein, 31, of aggravated manslaughter and evidence tampering Wednesday. 

Jurors acquitted Bluestein of first-degree murder and a weapons charge in the August 2017 shooting death of Felicia Dormans, 29, in the couple’s home in Mount Holly.

Bluestein, who will be sentenced April 23, says the shooting was accidental.

Her attorney says she panicked afterward.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."