Widow Of Vionic Group Founder, Phillip Vasyli, Found Guilty Of His Murder

A Bahamian jury has found Donna Vasyli, 55, widow of Vionic Group founder and chairman Phillip Vasyli, guilty of his murder Thursday afternoon, Bahamian newspaper The Tribune reports.

The decision came unanimously, after a four-hour deliberation, reports said. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 10.

Phillip Vasyli, 59, was found stabbed to death on March 24 at the couple’s home in the upscale Old Fort Bay neighborhood in Nassau, Bahamas.

Bahamian authorities told Footwear News, back in March, that Donna Vasyli had been detained as a person of interest shortly after the discovery. She was charged with the murder on March 30 and was held at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services before being granted bail on July 31.

Donna Vasyli had made several attempts at receiving bail before the trial, which began on Sept. 10. According to Bahamian Court of Appeals records, her lawyers had cited her ailing health, among other concerns, as grounds for bail.

Australian podiatrist, Phillip Vasyli, founded Vasyli International in 1979, creating his first heat-moldable, pre-fabricated orthotic targeting the medical community. He later introduced the Orthaheel brand of after-market orthotics and footwear featuring the orthotic technology. Phillip Vasyli went on to launch Vasyli Medical, offering products designed to serve the medical footwear community.

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