Following the verdict, Schutte told News and Tribune and other Evansville-based media outlets that he and Berger were happy to find the truth and provide justice for the Lynch family.
“It is a measured victory,” Schutte said of the guilty verdict. “We wish we could do more, but to be able to take some step toward justice on behalf of the family is something that is rewarding.”
He said it was a privilege for the Office of the Vanderburgh Prosecutor to tell the story of people who can not speak for themselves.
“It has been a long road, but we are thankful that the jury saw the evidence the way they did and reached the verdict that they did,” he said.
Schutte explained that the trial will now enter its penalty phase where attorneys will have the opportunity to offer aggravating and mitigating circumstances that will help the jury determine the appropriate sentencing.
He said jurors will be asked to consider a length of prison time, a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and the death penalty.