'I strangled her, I think'

JAIME CAMPOS/Staff photo Axel Scherer is brought in at the Salem Superior Court in Salem after being charged with murdering his wife Edith "Edie" Black-Scherer in 2015. 2/4/2019

BEVERLY — A Salem Superior Court jury has found Axel Scherer guilty of second-degree murder. 

Scherer, 48, had been charged with murder in the death of his wife, Edie Black-Scherer. 

Scherer admitted that he strangled Black-Scherer, causing injuries that led to her death five days later. But he had hoped to convince jurors that he was suffering from mental illness when it happened and that he's not criminally responsible for her death.  

Scherer will receive life in prison, but he will be eligible for parole sometime after serving 15 years — a time frame the judge will determine.   

Sentencing is expected to take place in about two weeks. 

This story will be updated. 

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