SEATTLE -

A King County jury has convicted a man accused of strangling his wife in 2006 and dumping her body in a wooded area of Burien.

David Pietz (peets) was found guilty Monday of second-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Nicole Pietz.

Prosecutors say David Pietz tried to cover up his wife's death by reporting her missing. Her body was found about a week later.

The Seattle Times says members of her family wept openly in court when the verdict was announced.

Pietz was arrested in March by cold case detectives.

The defense lawyer says the man was wrongly accused and that prosecutors failed to establish a motive.