Faville found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, dies after court

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY (WSLS 10) - An investigation is underway after the trial of Mark Faville in the 2000 death of his wife ended in his death. 

Faville was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the 15-year-old case of his wife, Anne Mickey Faville's, death Friday afternoon. 

Shortly after the decision was read in a Montgomery County courtroom, a commotion is said to have been heard as Faville was being lead to a holding room.

Later Friday evening, the Christiansburg Police Department released a statement saying investigators were conducting a death investigation at the Montgomery County Courthouse following an incident that occurred just after 3:00 p.m. Friday.

Mark Ward Faville was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators said they believe Faville died from a self-inflicted wound. The investigation is ongoing.  

Montgomery County deputies make arrest in 2000 murder case

The trial began Monday for the 15-year-old murder case in Montgomery County. Mark Faville,70, was accused of suffocating his wife Anne back in March of 2000. It was initially ruled that Anne died through choking on a piece of chicken.

During day-two of testimony, there were several key points brought to light by one of the Favilles' daughters, Holly. She read from a note written by her father, Mark, several weeks after Anne's death.

It said, "..after the toxicology report, they will have all they need. They will come to get me any minute."

Holly went on to note that she recognized a strain in her parents relationship in the months leading up to Anne's death, and she recalled several occasions where Mark would follow Anne to the grocery store in a separate car and sit in the parking lot waiting for her.

Holly read from another letter Mark wrote which was addressed to God on March 7, 2000, the day that Anne died.

That read in part, "..please put us back together now or you know something bad will happen very soon… You know that something is going to make me take action any minute now."

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