Updated 11/17/2006 08:28 AM
Wayne Oxley found guilty of murder
For the parents of Bernard Trickey, it's been a long, emotional trial, followed by a long, emotional evening.
Suspense has been built up over the course of 8 weeks, the longest trial in St. Lawrence County history. And after two days of deliberations, jurors reached a verdict just before 8 PM Thursday.
41-year-old Wayne Oxley found guilty of beating 39-year-old Trickey with a baseball bat.
Nicole Duve, the District Attorney of St. Lawrence County, said,
"After having gone through the process of preparing this case for trial and talking to all the people that I did, and looking at all the evidence that I have, that I am convinced the jury made the right decision."
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Oxley avoided eye contact with members of the jury and shook his head while the guilty verdict was read to the court. Duve said she found it unusual that Oxley never denied the crime to the jury while testifying under oath.
"I found his testimony, frankly, to be incredible, unbelievable, it didn't connect up with what the other witnesses had to say."
Lawrence Gray, who assisted defense attorney Richard Manning, said he believes the case will be filed for an appeal within one year.
"I think a lot of evidence that should have been introduced by the defense was not allowed by Judge Richards and that's why we have an appellate process," Gray, the assistant defense attorney said.
Duve also said she expects a maximum sentence of 25 years to life.