Thirty minutes after convening in the jury room, a knock on the door signaled that the panel members had a unanimous verdict. Superior Court Clerk Bart Jackson read the guilty verdict in the courtroom Aug. 29, and the family of the victim in the case, William Douglas Coker, gave a collective sigh of relief.
Jury members were dismissed moments after defendant Pamela Carole Moss was pronounced guilty of murder, and the sentencing hearing began soon after. The arguments about sentencing were short. District Attorney Fred Bright told the court that Moss pled guilty to manslaughter in 1997 for the death of her mother. She was sentenced to 10 years and served eight in prison.
“This is the second person we know she has killed,” Bright said to presiding Superior Court Judge Trent Brown. “You have two choices, life in prison and life without parole.”
The prosecutor, of course, suggested the latter.
The wife of the victim took the opportunity to speak directly to the woman who murdered her husband. Judy Coker’s voice was strong, even while surrounding family members were sobbing. It was apparent that her words were therapeutic for her as well as persuasive to the court.
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