Jury Finds Windy Friend Guilty in Porter Murders

Published 04/01 2014 09:05AM

Updated 04/01 2014 12:12PM

FORSYTH, Mo. - Sentencing is set for June 12 in Taney County for the third of five people charged in the deaths of Rebecca and Rusty Porter.

Windy Friend, 32, was found guilty on Monday on two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of the Willard couple. A jury in Taney County deliberated for almost four hours before finding her guilty, according to Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell.

The Porters were reported missing from their home in 2011 and their skeletal remains were found in a wooded area of Taney County in 2012.
Windy Friend is the wife of Tony Friend, who has pleaded guilty to the murders and is serving life in prison.
Tony Friend’s son, Phillip, also pleaded guilty in the deaths and is awaiting sentencing on those charges. He is currently in prison serving seven years for felonious restraint associated with the Porters’ kidnapping.

Trial for Dusty Hicks, also accused in the kidnap and murders, is set to begin on Aug. 18.

Rusty Porter’s uncle, Robert Campbell, who was indicted by a grand jury in the murders, is to go on trial on Oct. 16.

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