After a four-hour deliberation, the jury in my cold case returned a verdict of guilty yesterday afternoon.
Read all about it: KVUE news and The Austin Statesman.
It's been the most exhausting and stressful trial I've ever handled, but after 25 years we managed to bring justice to the victim's family. And that makes me happy.
If they happen to come by here, my thanks to the jurors for their hard work and diligence (and verdict!) but also to my friends on the defense team who worked as hard as I did to represent their client in a thorough, professional, and diligent manner.
You know, a couple of weeks ago, when I was neck deep in this, I told my investigator Mike (who was invaluable in this case) that if he heard me talking about taking on another cold case, he should shoot me in the foot. I meant it.
Yesterday I went to lunch with the cold case detectives, and guess what?
"Hey, Mark, we have some other cases coming through."
"Oh no, I really don't think. . . "
"But you're awesome. Please?"
"I guess you could just tell me about a couple of them."
"Well, there's this one where . . . "
You know the rest.
But now, just for a day or two, I'm going to excuse myself to stare at the sky and empty my brain.