Update: Michelle Gable found guilty
Wednesday evening, jurors found Michelle Gable guilty on both counts of deliberate homicide, for the 2011 shooting of her estranged husband and another woman.
Update January 17th: 2:35 PM
The jury deliberated for about 6 hours, and came to a decision shortly after 8:00 pm. She faces a minimum of 10 years to a maximum of life in prison for both counts. Her sentencing is scheduled for March 1st.
UPDATE: 8:30 PM VERDICT:
Gable was found guilty on 2 counts of deliberate homicide earlier this evening by a jury of her peers.
The jury deliberated for about 6 hours this evening, and came to a decision shortly after 8:00 pm. There was little to no reaction from her as the verdict was read. Gable was charged with 2 counts of deliberate homicide for shooting and killing her estranged husband and his girlfriend in October of 2011.
Update from January 16th, 4:15 PM:
The defense rested its case today, and the attorneys presented their closing arguments to the jury. County Attorney Leo Gallagher describes Michelle Gable as obsessed, dependent, and running out of options after she realized her husband Joe Gable was involved with another woman. He says her testimony is inconsistent with evidence presented in the trial.
Gallagher says, "Deception and deflection, which she did from the first moment and she did up until yesterday, It's an act."
Gallagher asserts Michelle knowingly and purposely shot and killed both her husband and his friend Sunday Bennett.
Gallagher says, "Joe Gable comes over and in his dying declaration which is recorded...My wife shot me, Michelle shot me, Sunday's inside."
He also accuses Michelle of lying to law enforcement about Bennett having a gun, to delay medical response.
Gallagher says, "Deflection and deception. She's waiting for Sunday to die so that Sunday can't tell you what happened."
Gallagher tells the jury to convict Michelle Gable on both counts of deliberate homicide. Defense Attorney Randi Hood reminds the jury the burden of proof lies with the prosecution.
Hood says, "To find Mrs. Gable guilty, you can't think 'did she prove she was justified? She doesn't need to prove she was justified. The state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she was not justified."
Hood continues by maintaining Michelle killed them in self-defense.
Hood says, "On October 13th, she was in her home, she was threatened with deadly force by being hit on the head with a gun and then she acted in a manner that is justified by law."
The jury could come back with a verdict as early as this evening.
Story by Aniseh Hamour, Beartooth NBC.
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