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Pack gets guilty verdict

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By Jennifer Caldwell

Despite a late start caused by defense witnesses who failed to show up on time, day two of the Phillip Pack’s murder trial was over by lunchtime jury deliberations and all.

After hearing testimony from the witnesses as well as closing arguments from both sides Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton dismissed the jury to deliberate the case.

While Keith Hatfield, Pack’s attorney, told jurors the state had failed to prove the cause of Jayne Love’s death, which he called the most essential element in the case, Assistant Attorney General Mike Ripley saw things differently.

“We all know that is not true,” Ripley said of Hatfield’s statement that Love’s cause of death had not been proven.  “There is reasonable inference that she (Love) died of a meth overdose.”

Throughout the trial the prosecution maintained Pack delivered the dose of meth that ultimately led to Love’s death.

In just under an hour the jury returned with a verdict declaring Pack guilty of second-degree murder.

The confidence displayed by Pack during the course of the two-day trial turned to tears as he openly sobbed in the courtroom after learning his fate.

Pack’s sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later date.

For more extensive trial coverage see next week’s LaFollette Press.