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Suspect found guilty in Oconomowoc murder trial

Sentencing coming in May
Posted at 6:15 PM, Mar 13, 2017

Amy Van Wagner was found guilty of killing her husband and hiding the body in the basement of their home.

The jury delivered the verdict around 6 p.m. Monday evening, returned the verdict in six hours after listening to dozens of witnesses over the past two weeks.

Open sobs were heard in the courtroom seconds after the verdict was read. Van Wagner ‘s family rushed out of the courtroom shielding themselves from the cameras.

“They've all known she was innocent and they believe that and that's why they are sad,” said Van Wagner’s attorney John Schiro.

Schiro said Van Wagner is disappointed and sad after being found guilty of hilling her husband Stan.

During closing arguments Monday, prosecutors pointed to physical evidence they said the defense couldn’t refute, including a deer skin rug out of place early the morning Stan was believed to have been killed.

Prosecutors also said she shot her husband three times while he was working on his laptop computer that morning, later dragging his body into the basement.

Defense attorneys had leaned hard on the testimony that Stan’s time of death could have been later, ruling out Van Wagner as the killer.

Van Wagner will be sentenced in may. The conviction carries a mandatory life sentence.

Her attorneys plan to file an appeal. 

 

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