Archive for Sunday, December 4, 2005

Suspect convicted in family’s deaths

December 4, 2005

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— A jury convicted a former truck driver Saturday of killing three relatives who vanished from their home on Valentine's Day last year.

It took the jury about two hours to find Earnest Lee Hargon guilty of capital murder. The defense called no witnesses during the trial.

"We're pleased," prosecutor Steven Waldrup said. "The evidence was overwhelming. It's exactly what we expected."

Hargon was accused in the slayings of his cousin, Michael Hargon; Michael's wife, Rebecca; and the couple's 4-year-old son, James.

The family disappeared from their home in Vaughan on Feb. 14, 2004. Blood and spent bullet casings were discovered at the home.

Prosecutors said information Earnest Hargon gave authorities allowed them to find the bodies about two weeks later, buried in woods off a road nearly 100 miles from Vaughan.

The jury was to return to the courthouse today to hear evidence in the trial's sentencing phase. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Defense attorney Andre de Gruy said the defense will present Hargon as a good man troubled by an addiction to crystal methamphetamine.

Defense attorney Wesley Evans said prosecutors ignored other possible suspects, including a gang that may have had a grudge against Michael Hargon for testifying against one of its members.

Michael Hargon's sister, Jennifer Hargon McBride, said the verdict was bittersweet because her mother was not there when it was read. Diane Hargon died of cancer Nov. 10.

"God has a weird way of working sometimes," McBride said. "But we're strong enough to get through it."

Comments

sweatpeagj 9 years, 5 months ago

It really is upsetting that people are on drugs that is good enough to kill someone then not get the death penalty. I am sick of these people (lawyers) who try to take a person's free choice and make it into a disease so we, as taxpayers, can spend the rest of the murders lives supporting them. To hell with the poor victims. I always knew that victims didn't have rights and the lawyers keep confirming that for me. As someone who has had a family member murdered this just takes the cake. Stop caring so much about those that commit the crime and care about the victims and their families.

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