Washington: A U.S. jury has convicted an Indian computer programmer of killing his wife two years ago. Praveen Mandanapu, who came to the U.S. about 10 years ago allegedly used a meat cleaver to dismember his wife Divya's body parts and then stuffed them into a suitcase on June 12, 2004, before dumping the remains into trash bins. He has been convicted of first degree murder and faces up to life in prison. Mandanapu was arrested on June 17, 2004, in a semiconscious and suicidal state slumped over his car. When the verdict was read, Mandanapu is said to have buried his head in his hands and begun to cry, and so did his parents who had travelled from Hyderabad. Praveen's father Venkateswarlu Mandanapu has been quoted in a media report as saying that the murder charge was part of an ``elaborate conspiracy'' hatched by his son's in-laws to blackmail for money. ``Divya was asking for money and materials... they have trapped us for our money,'' Venkateswarlu Mandanapu said. PTI