JEFFERSONVILLE — Edward Dale Bagshaw was found guilty of murdering his estranged wife Kelly Bagshaw by a jury that deliberated less than two hours Friday evening.
After the verdict was read about 7 p.m. in Clark County Circuit Court No. 4., Bagshaw, dressed in a cranberry shirt and tie, was placed into handcuffs and ushered by bailiffs out of the courtroom.
“I love my kids, and I miss them,” Bagshaw said in hallway outside of the court, before stepping into an elevator leading to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Facility.
Bagshaw will be sentenced to spend between 45 and 65 years in the Indiana Department of Correction, following the outcome of a sentencing hearing slated for March 4.
Soon after Bagshaw’s departure from the court, tearful wails filled the halls of the second floor of the Clark County Courthouse.
“No matter what my dad did, he is my dad, and I love him no matter what,” Joshua Bagshaw, Dale Bagshaw’s 17-year-old son from a previous marriage, said. “I am here, and I am going to be here for him.”
Joshua Bagshaw said he had the opportunity to whisper to his father that he loved him before he was taken away by the bailiffs.
“It is a life-changer,” Joshua Bagshaw said of the his stepmother’s murder and the drawn-out court proceedings. “It is something you can’t put away — something you have to deal with.”
Joshua Bagshaw said he hopes no other families will have to go through the pain he has experienced.
“He is still my dad, and I am not ashamed of him,” Joshua Bagshaw said. “He is a great man, and he did a wrong thing.”
After the verdict was delivered, Joshua Bagshaw was consoled by Kelly Bagshaw’s sister Terry Clark, who said she will raise the Bagshaws’ biological 3- and 7-year-old children.