LEBANON, Mo. — A 33-year-old Missouri man was found guilty of murder Wednesday for the July 2010 killing of an elderly couple in a case Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster took the unusual step of personally assisting.
The Associated Press
Jesse Driskill was found guilty of killing 82-year-old Johnnie Wilson and 76-year-old Coleen Wilson at their rural house in western Laclede County. The couple had just celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.
Jurors returned the verdict late Wednesday afternoon after deliberating about 31/2 hours.
The verdict means Driskill could receive the death penalty. The sentencing portion of the trial is scheduled to start Thursday. In addition to two counts of first-degree murder, Driskill was found guilty of forcible rape, forcible sodomy, first-degree burglary and five counts of armed criminal action.
During the trial, Koster presented evidence and offered a final argument before jurors began deliberating. Koster is working with Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney Jon Morris.
Authorities said the couple was covered by bedding, a fire was set and their vehicle was found ablaze along a road. Prosecutors said both were shot. However, Coleen Wilson died from a gunshot wound and Johnnie Wilson died from asphyxiation by a plastic bag in his throat.