No New Trial for Main Line Chef Murder

Court denies new trial in the case of a Montgomery County chef killing his business partner of the General Wayne Inn

A Pennsylvania appeals court says a former restaurant owner serving life for killing his business partner should not get a new trial.

The Times Herald of Norristown reports that the Superior Court ruled against 43-year-old Guy Sileo Jr.

Sileo was convicted in 2001 of the shooting death of chef James Webb, his partner at the General Wayne Inn. The Colonial-era facility was built outside Philadelphia in 1704.

A panel of three Superior Court judges had ordered a new trial for Sileo in August 2010, saying jurors didn't get proper instructions.

But prosecutors appealed to a larger Superior Court panel, which reversed the decision on Thursday.

Prosecutors claimed Sileo murdered Webb in 1996 to collect a $650,000 insurance policy because their restaurant was failing.

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