STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A person has been convicted within the kidnap and slaying nearly a decade in the past of a co-worker whose bones had been discovered buried in his japanese Pennsylvania yard.
A Monroe County decide on Friday convicted Michael Horvath, 55, of felony murder, kidnapping, evidence-tampering and abuse of a corpse within the 2013 killing of Holly Grim. The decide acquitted him of a cost of obstruction within the nonjury trial.
Grim, 41, was final seen in Lehigh County’s Decrease Macungie Township in November 2013. She and Horvath had labored collectively at an organization that makes church organs, authorities mentioned.
Police mentioned bone fragments unearthed at Horvath’s Ross Township property practically three years after she disappeared had been in keeping with a gunshot wound to the chest, and say Horvath owned DVDs coping with homicide, sexually deviant conduct and “searching people.”
Protection lawyer Janet Jackson argued that the case was circumstantial and steered one other suspect. He conceded that his consumer may very well be described as a “weirdo” or “oddball,” however mentioned he had by no means behaved inappropriately and wasn’t susceptible to anger, not to mention violence.
“That is what we had been hoping for,” Zachary Grim, Holly’s son, mentioned exterior the courtroom after the decision was learn, The (Allentown) Morning Name reported. “This was a very long time coming.”
“We’re simply so blissful that they discovered him responsible so he can rot in jail the remainder of his life, and that’s what he deserves,” mentioned Nancy Godowski, who was with Grim the evening earlier than she went lacking.
Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 8. Prosecutor Michael Mancuso mentioned he’ll search consecutive sentences on for the homicide and kidnapping convictions and in addition hopes to seek out out the place the remainder of the sufferer’s stays are.
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