Felix Vail indicted in 1962 murder of Mary Horton Vail

Felix Vail (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Felix Vail (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Mary Horton Vail (Source: Family)
Mary Horton Vail (Source: Family)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Felix Vail, the man accused in the 51-year-old murder of his wife, Mary Horton Vail, has been indicted by a grand jury in 14th Judicial District Court.

The indictment came Thursday.

Vail, 73, was arrested in May in Canyon Lake, Texas. He is being charged with second-degree murder in Calcasieu.

Mary Horton Vail was found dead in October 1962 in the Calcasieu River. Felix Vail claimed that she was the victim of a boating accident.

Felix Vail is a suspect in other deaths as well, including in the deaths of a girlfriend and another wife.

Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso, in May, told KPLC that local authorities have been diligently working the case. He said the case was recently re-evaluated and ruled a homicide.

"That gave us a little more perspective," Mancuso said. "We feel like we have a much stronger case than we did back in 1962."

Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier has said that he feels there is sufficient evidence to present a case.

"We feel like we have sufficient evidence to demonstrate that this death was, in fact, a homicide. We feel like we can prove that in court," DeRosier said.

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