UPDATE (9/28): It took a jury less than 2 hours this afternoon to hand over a verdict in the murder trial of Crystal Galloway of Scammon, Kansas. The woman accused of killing 59 yr. old Robin Fought of Dennis, Kansas last year. 37 yr. old Crystal Galloway was found guilty on all three counts of first degree premeditated murder, arson, and interfering with law enforcement. Before making a decision the jury asked to look closely at text messages between Galloway's daughter, Alyssa Bird, and Galloway. One of the text messages said "hey going to get me a snitch yay". Prosecuting attorney, Nathan Coleman, in closing statements pointed out that she's referring to fought reporting to the KVC about Galloway's plans to kidnap her kids and leave the state. Coleman also points out that both the victim and Galloway's hands were sliced, and that Galloway was not trying to take the knife away from suspected accomplice Cody Cunningham, but instead Fought was trying to take the wielding knife away from her.
Nathan Coleman said after the verdict was read, "Obviously I'm very pleased with the jury's decision. I commend law enforcement for the work that they did. My condolences and feelings go out to the family, the survivors of Robin Fought. And i hope that the jury's decision in this case and the work that we've done, law enforcement helps them in the healing process as they continue to mourn the loss of a family member."
Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves attributes the verdict to Galloway's DNA found on different items including the murder weapon and a gas can.
"I think in this case there was a lot of forensic evidence that tied the suspect to the scene."
Defense attorney Robert Myers brought up that Cunningham has repeatedly admitted to the stabbing of fought, and that Galloway should be acquitted of all charges.
"I respect the verdict of the jury. You know, it's a tough situation all the way around. Obviously I wish it had been something different. Long trial, they made a decision and I'll respect it."
Sheriff Groves shed some light on what will become of the suspected accomplice Cody Cunningham in the months to come.
"His case is pending still. He's being evaluated at a state hospital and so at this time that's on suspension."
9/27: Crystal Galloway of Scammon, Kansas is on trial for the murder of 59 yr. old Robin Fought of Dennis. Prosecution today brought to light a video recording of KBI special agent Tim Botts' interview with Galloway just days after the murder. In it, Galloway changes her story several times throughout the interview, eventually admitting to being there while the crime took place. But the big reveal occurred when Botts told Galloway that her suspected accomplice Cody Cunningham told him during a separate interview that Galloway was in fact the one who planned the murder just the day before, and that she was the one who sliced Fought's throat and stabbed him in the eye. Botts says Cunningham admitted to stabbing Fought in the chest just once. Whether or not he was only telling her that to get her to talk is unknown at this time.
9/26: Brink ran DNA found on items from the crime scene, She said analysis showed that Galloway's blood was found on a knife, sledge hammer, as well as the gas can found on top of Fought's body. Galloway's niece testified that she saw Galloway with the tip of her finger missing sometime mid-may, which explains the blood.The jury also got to see the contents of two phones that came to light in day 3 of testimony. The phones were found in the back seat of a vehicle that picked up Galloway after she left her van in an abandoned field. Pictures from those phones were shown including pictures of the crime scene along with pictures of the defendant. Another picture was shown of a note containing the very Erie words. "Weed is green, I forgotten how to rhyme, don't forget to murder Rob." But perhaps the most incriminating was a picture of what looks to be Robin Fought lying against his truck door just moments after the murder. The picture was originally taken on Snapchat and then saved to one of the phones.
9/23: A slideshow was presented to the jury by the prosecution showing the way the body was found, with fought lying on his back on the ground, about five feet from the driver's side next to the tailgate of the truck. A gas can was left on his stomach. The prosecution also showed pictures of the truck as it was found. A knife with Fought's blood on it was found on the opposite side of the truck. The key witness in day 4 was Dr. Erik Mitchell of frontier forensics who performed Fought's autopsy. Mitchell explained that the front of the body showed minimal burn marks while the back was completely charred from the fire. Fought's body had slicing injuries to the neck, but Mitchell says the fatal blow was a stab wound to the heart.
9/22: Day 2 testimony claimed the truck and Fought's body was doused in gasoline using a phone book as a wick and lit on fire. Day 3 of the murder trial started off with a witness testifying that she saw Galloway and another suspect Dakota Cunningham dropping Galloway's van off in an abandoned field shortly after the murder was said to have taken place. Testimony from KBI agent Tracey Allen, confirmed that blood was found on the interior and exterior of the van. A voice mail from the victim to the Kansas department of children also came to light in day 3 it was from a call only days before the murder. In the voice mail fought tells KDC of Galloway's plans to kidnap her own kids who were in foster care at the time and leave the state with them. Other testimony was given by 13 yr. old Cheyenne Galloway, niece to the accused. She claimed that when she asked Galloway about the murder the following day Galloway told her that it did in fact "go down." Cunningham, the 2nd suspect in the trial, is also charged with murder. Cunningham however was found mentally incompetent to stand trial and is in the Larned state hospital.
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