Felix Vail, 73, was arrested in May 2016 and charged with the murder of his wife Marty Hoton Vail, who was found dead in Louisiana’s Calcasieu River in 1962. At Vail’s murder trial, prosecutors plan to discuss the disappearances of Vail’s longtime girlfriend Sharon Hensley (1973) and his second wife Annette Craver Vail (1984). It was Clairon-Ledger investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell who outlined the circumstances of the three women in an article titled, ‘Gone,’ which provoked authorities to reopen the investigation in 2012.
Vail’s trial was set for November 16 but it has since been delayed as Vail’s lawyer, Ben Cormier, has moved to withdraw from the case. Mitchell reports that “Cormier asked to withdraw because he said he has done more than $85,000 of work and been paid only $16,000.” The judge has granted Cormier’s request, and Vail will now be represented by the public defender’s office. ABC 20/20 will air its investigative report on Friday, July 29 at 10pm.