"Guilty of murder" was the final verdict the jury of the 47th District Court reached on Friday in the trial for 49-year-old Paul Gillette.
Gillette had been accused of strangling and killing his wife, Sherri Gillette, in August of 2010. Officers found her body in the back seat of the couple's Yukon in their garage of their home near Bushland. Shortly after they discovered Sherri, officers then found Paul Gillette sitting on the floor of the garage. He was arrested and taken into custody.
On Monday, August 20, Gillette pleaded "not guilty" to that murder charge. The five-day trial came to an end on Friday after the jury deliberated the case for nearly five hours. At one point in time, the jury sent a note back out to Judge Dan L. Schaap requesting to review the earlier testimony from a pathologist regarding "manual strangulation". Due to time constraints, the Judge and attorneys agreed they could not accommodate the jury at that time and instead asked them to rely heavily on their own recollection of the testimonies in the case.
Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, the jury finished deliberating and Judge Schaap announced the final verdict: Guilty.
The Judge and jurors decided to delay the punishment phase of the trial until Monday morning, August 27, at 9:00 a.m. During that phase, the jury will decide what punishment, or sentence, Gillette will face.