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The 1999 suffocation of Elaine Long and the publicized trial of her husband that occurred four years after her death will be featured next week on Court TV.
"Trace Evidence, the Case Files of Dr. Henry Lee" will air at 10 p.m. Monday on the network and will focus on the story that surrounded the arrest and conviction of Ligionier podiatrist Dr. Karl Long.
Long was convicted in August 2003 of third-degree murder for the slaying of his wife, who was killed in the family's home along a quaint, tree-lined street in picturesque Ligonier Borough. Long is serving a five-to-10 year sentence at a minimum security prison in Mercer County. Last year his podiatry license was revoked by state officials.
Authorities said Karl Long used plastic, dry-cleaning bags to suffocate his wife in order to end a bad 18-year marriage. Long contended his wife had attacked him with a knife, which caused him to pass out on top of her. When he awoke, Long claimed he found his wife dead.
Pretrial issues and legal arguments about certain pieces of evidence, including the Long's financial situation and a $500,000 insurance policy taken out for Elaine Long, delayed the trial for more than four years.
The trial lasted two weeks two summers ago and played daily to a packed Westmoreland County courtroom.
Long paid nationally renowned criminalist Dr. Henry Lee $10,000 to review the evidence in the case and testify on his behalf. Lee testified that police botched the investigation and that the evidence suggested Long did not intentionally kill his wife.
A production team from Lee's television show was in Ligonier last fall researching the case.
Re: Court TV program to focus on Podiatrist's case
PennLive are reporting: Ligonier doctor won't get parole in wife's murder
A podiatrist who smothered his wife with a dry cleaning bag does not deserve parole and will serve his maximum sentence, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole said.
Karl Long, 48, of Ligonier, was convicted of third-degree murder in the October 1999 death of his wife, Elaine. His five- to 10-year sentence will expire on July 3, 2012, the parole board notified Long.
Parole Board spokesman Nathan Bortner said the board not only rejected Long's parole, but also decided not to schedule a review hearing next year, which is normally done, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. By law, Long can request another parole hearing in a year, which must be granted.
The parole board found that Long continues to minimize his crime and lacks remorse. Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck also recommended that Long not be paroled.
Peck contends Long suffocated his wife with a dry cleaning bag during an argument. Long has always claimed his wife stabbed him and that she was suffocated when he passed out and fell on top of her.
The are Tribune Review reporting: Ex-Ligonier podiatrist again seeks parole
A former Ligonier podiatrist who was convicted five years ago of suffocating his wife wants to get out of prison.
Karl Long, whose murder prosecution and trial in Westmoreland County gained national headlines, is serving a five-to-10-year prison sentence after being convicted of third-degree murder for killing 40-year-old Elaine Long in October 1999.
He recently petitioned the state Parole Board for early release and will be interviewed about the request in October.
"It is the board's duty to give every application case the same attention and consideration it would to someone who was just coming up on his minimum sentence. Had Mr. Long not made the application for parole consideration, he would have definitely served out his maximum sentence. That very well still may be the case when the board issues its decision following the October interview," said parole board spokesman Robert Bushey.