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Jury Finds Jesse Driskill Guilty of Murdering Elderly Couple

LEBANON, Mo. -- A Laclede County jury has found Jesse Driskill, 33, guilty of killing an elderly couple in 2010.
Basically all I can say is that it was a very tragic affair.
LEBANON, Mo. -- A Laclede County jury has found Jesse Driskill, 33, guilty of killing an elderly couple in 2010.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster helped the prosecution in the case. He announced shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday that Driskill was found guilty on all counts in the slayings of Johnnie Wilson, 82, and Colleen Wilson, 76, back in July of 2010.

Koster says Driskill left the courtroom while the verdict was being read.

It's been a very tough three years for family members of Johnnie and Colleen, and the trial was not any easier. Very graphic images were shown inside the courtroom.

KOLR 10's cameras were not allowed inside and family members didn't want to go on camera, but they said they were ready for some closure in the case.

"We were appalled," says Lebanon Resident Elliott Bott. "Terrified. We didn't know what to do or how to protect ourselves."

Elliott says this horrific crime won't escape his memory.

"The motivation," he says. "What would cause this and in a small community. This is not a very large community."

Elliott is just one of many who, three years later, is still trying to wrap his head around the motivation behind the July 2010 crime that left the Wilsons dead at their Laclede County home.

"Basically all I can say is that it was a very tragic affair," Bott says. "And such a horrible thing for an elderly couple to be brutalized in such a way."

That brutality was shown inside the courtroom. Graphic images, at times, caused people to get up and leave.

"They didn't deserve to die this way," said Bob Burns in a 2010 interview. He's a family friend of the Wilsons. "They were fine, Christian people," he said. "They never did anyone wrong in their lives."

Most of the testimony Monday came from law enforcement officers who were first to respond to the scene. Driskill was accused of raping and sodomizing Colleen before shooting her and her husband after the couple caught him stealing from their home.

Authorities say accelerant was poured on their bodies in an attempt to try to destroy evidence, but the fire never fully ignited.

"So much pain," said Mary Hicks in a 2010 interview. She was a friend of the Wilsons and attended the same church as the couple. "The loss. It's more the way it happened. Johnnie and Colleen were both as good as gold."

A sentencing date is pending.
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