American sentenced to hang in Malaysia for killing ex-wife

Gerald Wayne Mickelson was convicted Tuesday of strangling his ex-wife in Kuala Lumpur two years ago

An American man was sentenced to death by hanging in Malaysia on Tuesday for murdering his ex-wife, but his lawyer said he was acting in self-defence and would appeal.

Gerald Wayne Mickelson, 63, was convicted of strangling Guilda Mickelson in Kuala Lumpur in November 2016, his lawyer K. A. Ramu said.

Mickelson, who had been working as a telecommunications consultant in Malaysia, was about to move to the Philippines to be with his new wife when his former partner called him.

When Mickelson went to see her in a serviced apartment complex, the 62-year-old allegedly tried to kill him, resulting in a struggle that ended in her death, Ramu said.

The lawyer said Mickelson had no motive to murder his ex-wife and even called the management of the building after killing her, rather than fleeing.

An appeal is expected to be filed within the next two weeks.

Malaysia has a mandatory death penalty for murder, which is always carried out by hanging.