Stacy Feldman was a 44-year-old mother of two when she was found dead in her bathroom tub on March 1, 2015.
Her husband, Robert, called the police who responded immediately to the scene but were unable to revive her.
What happened to Stacy Feldman?
Robert and Stacy Feldman were living in Denver, Colorado when the police received a call from Robert on March 1, 2015, to report that he had returned home to find his wife dead in the shower.
Police responded to the scene but were unsuccessful in reviving Stacy Feldman.
They noted there wasn’t water on the floor consistent with Robert’s story and there were small bruises on her body.
However, the Denver medical examiner’s office did not rule Stacy’s death as a homicide, and pathologists weren’t able to pinpoint her cause of death.
Robert told police that Stacy suffered from an enlarged heart and had consumed edible marijuana the night before.
He said he believed the marijuana contributed to his wife’s death, but medical examiners didn’t find any traces of THC – a key component in marijuana – in Stacy’s body.
After her death, Robert collected the $750k life insurance policy that had been taken out five years earlier.
However, three months later, police received a call that revealed Stacy may have been murdered and linked Robert as a prime suspect.
A woman called Metro Denver Crime Stoppers in June 2015 to report that she had an affair with Robert and Stacy had found out about it shortly before her death.
The woman said she met Robert on Tinder and he had told her he was divorced.
They met for coffee and following their next date, the woman invited him to her home where she said they had sex.
She said she grew suspicious that Robert was lying about his divorce when he unexpectedly canceled plans and didn’t respond to her.
It was then that she looked Robert up on Google and found he was still married, and reached out to Stacy via email the same day she died.
She told investigators that after informing Stacy that she and her husband had been intimate she said she was going to leave him.
Denver7 News reported that according to the affidavit: “Stacy had told [the woman] Robert cheated on her before and that she was, ‘done with him.'”
The woman reportedly didn’t know Stacy had died until three months later when she Googled Stacy to see if she and Robert were still together but found her obituary.
When was Robert Feldman charged with Stacy’s murder?
When police received the call alerting them to Robert’s affair, they opened an investigation into Robert Feldman.
Police officers and firefighters who responded to the scene told investigators that Robert had attempted to intervene in the investigation.
The police officer who wrote the report said Robert appeared to be “overacting in an effort to avoid speaking with him,” Denver7 reported.
The affidavit also said firefighters reported that Robert was “purposely not cooperative” and that he “made a concentrated effort to not answer questions.”
According to the affidavit, Robert said he didn’t want an autopsy performed.
Other indicators played a role in naming Robert as a suspect, primarily that Stacy died the same day she found out about the affair and her sister told police Robert had said he was waiting for a “large” life insurance settlement three months after she was killed.
As police investigated Stacy’s death, they called in a medical examiner who is “a nationally recognized expert in domestic violence related strangulation and suffocation injuries,” the affidavit says.
Two months later, the expert told police he believed Stacy died from strangulation or suffocation which was the result of “an assault, which included blunt force trauma, strangulation, and suffocation,” according to the affidavit.
The affidavit was unsealed in February 2018 revealing Robert had killed his wife when she realized he was having an affair.
Robert was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on February 13, 2018.
Was Robert Feldman convicted?
Robert was convicted of first-degree murder on April 19, 2022, after a jury deliberated for nine hours.
“Stacy Feldman can’t tell you what happened that day, but her body can,” Conboy said in her closing argument, 9News reported.
“And what it tells you is that she suffered a long, protracted, and horrific beating.
“This was not from CPR. This is not from pulling her from the tub. This is not from a simple collapse in a shower. What this is, is evidence of a vicious beat-down.”
Robert’s defense attorney Jeff Pagliuca accused prosecutors of not thoroughly investigating Stacy’s death and weaving a conspiracy that he claimed wasn’t based on solid evidence.
“We can’t accept gossip and rumor instead of truth,” Pagliuca said in his closing argument.
“We can’t engage in speculation instead of examination. We can’t rush to conclusions. We can’t take shortcuts in an investigation.
“And we can’t put our faith, our faith, in charlatans instead of real doctors who practice real medicine. So, this is a tragedy and not a homicide.”
Despite the defense’s efforts, Robert was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Stacy’s death will be explored in a new two-hour Dateline special that will air on September 30, at 9pm EST.