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January 18, 2013

10 P.M. UPDATE: Dale Bagshaw found guilty of murdering wife in speedy verdict

Jeffersonville man faces 65 years in prison

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

“He [Joshua Bagshaw] is my nephew, and he will always be my nephew. I am raising his brother and sister, so I am always going to be his aunt Terry,” she said. “And, I love Dale [Bagshaw] like a brother, unfortunately, and as much as I hate what he did, I can’t turn that love off for him. I feel really torn.”

Clark said she expected the guilty verdict, and that the end of the trial brings no closure to her and others who will continue their lives without Dale and Kelly.  “We are glad it is over, so we can go back to focusing on the children,” Clark said, adding that the children are progressing well, even without their parents. “There are no words to explain how hard it has been on both families.”

Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said he was very satisfied with the jury’s decision.

“It is a huge relief,” Mull said. “This has been a long trial. It went over two weeks. It’s been very emotionally taxing on the family and some of the witnesses.”

Despite the guilty verdict, Bagshaw’s representation, Perry McCall and co-counsel Dustin White, diligently argued for their client throughout the extend trial.

Though their client had confessed to the murder shortly after his fatal actions, his defense attorneys fought to illustrate some justification for a reduced charge by arguing Bagshaw acted in the heat of the moment when he fatally stabbed his wife.

“[I am] somewhat surprised,” McCall said the verdict. “It is a tough thing. In this case you had 60 stab wounds. It is a lot to overcome, no matter what defenses you raise. I still think the jury was a good jury.”

McCall said he was disappointed with the outcome of the trial, and emotions are high among the loved ones on both sides.

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