October 25, 2014
A jury needed just three hours to find Christopher Deyerle guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife and 2½ more to recommend a sentence of life with a possibility of parole.
Heather Deyerle was killed in May of last year the night the two were to have signed divorce papers.
Lyon County District Attorney Bob Auer told jurors in closing arguments several witnesses testified that Deyerle repeatedly threatened Heather and stated he would kill her. He said Deyerle didn't just kill his wife - he executed her.
Deyerle's attorney described the shooting as wild.
The defendant admitted on the stand that he chased her and shot her. Defense attorney John Schlegelmilch, however, told the jury that there was no premeditation and his client was guilty of manslaughter.
Jurors deliberated three hours on Monday before returning a verdict and 2½ hours on Tuesday until they recommended a sentence.
Jurors had the choice of finding Deyerle guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter.