I came home this evening with every intention of writing up the events of the Groves trial today up to and including the judge instructing the jury and sending them off to deliberate. What I didn’t expect was to turn on my laptop to find that they had already returned with a verdict!
Click here to read my write-up of the trial today prior to the verdict, which I will post later this evening.
Since I can’t wait to announce it (and I’m sure you can’t wait to hear it, if you haven’t already), here it is.
Each defendant faced a total of eleven charges, including aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, child endangerment, tampering with evidence, interference with custody, gross abuse of a corpse, and four charges of felonious assault.
Daniel Groves was found not guilty on count 1 (aggravated murder), but on all ten remaining charges, the jury found him guilty. Immediately after the verdicts were read, Daniel was sentenced to 47 years to life in prison. He will be eligible for parole when he is 89 years old, if he lives that long. Let’s pray the scumbag lives until the day before his 89th birthday and maybe even keels over dead in front of the parole board, shall we?
Jessica Groves was found guilty of all eleven charges. She was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Have fun rotting behind bars, you monster!
Today would have been Dylan’s first birthday. The irony is practically tangible, and damn, is it beautiful!
Click here to watch the verdicts being read; click here to watch the sentencing.
Below is a video of Andrea Bowling, Dylan’s foster mom, giving us a few final words for Dylan. Grab a tissue or ten. Bless you, Andrea, for being Dylan’s voice.
One more petty but oh-so-satisfying thing for the road… Jessica could absolutely be the poster child for why drug use is bad. What a difference a couple years and a lot of dope makes.
Finally, there is justice for Dylan. Rest in peace, little guy.
Click here to read more of my coverage on Dylan’s case.
Sources: CourtTV, Law & Crime Network
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Thank you for your heartfelt coverage, but I find it in poor taste and perhaps even in violation of proper ethics that you would publish a photo of Dylan’s older brother, who was not only a minor at the time, but remains a minor to this day. Not only that, but this young man, who is no doubt a victim himself, shares a name with the convicted, a set up that will no doubt have consequences of its very own. It is the duty of adults to protect this young man’s identity. May I suggest that in the spirit of protecting and seeking justice for children, the value at the heart of your site, you remove the unedited image of Dylan’s brother, or at the very least, blur his face?
You’re absolutely right, Katie. I’m careful now not to identify underage children or publish their photos, but I must have missed that one. I’ll take care of it ASAP!
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