SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — “We the jury find the defendant Nicholas Godejohn guilty of first-degree murder.”
Just 30 minutes ago, a Greene County jury delivered a guilty verdict against Nicholas Godejohn.
Twelve jurors found 29-year-old Godejohn guilty of murder in the first degree in the death of 48-year-old Dee Dee Blanchard in June of 2015.
Blanchard was the mother of his ex-girlfriend 27-year-old Gypsy Blanchard.
What was Godejohn’s reaction to the verdict?
Godejohn was quiet and did not react. Now, the verdict means that he will serve a lifetime in prison.
The jury deliberated for two hours before finding Godejohn guilty of murder in the first degree in the death of Dee Dee Blanchard.
During closing statements, prosecutors reminded the jury not to consider Gypsy in the case and to instead focus on Godejohn’s mental capacity to deliberate before the murder.
They even showed an interview where Godejohn proves their argument.
“She went into the bathroom, she locked it and I waited at least a minute and thought about if I really wanted to do it,” Godejohn said.
“He wanted to be with her, that’s why he killed Claudine Blanchard. He wanted a sex slave,” prosecuting attorney Dan Patterson said.
But defense attorney Dewayne Perry says Gypsy manipulated Godejohn.
Their argument is that because of Godejohn’s autism, he didn’t have the mental capacity to commit murder, claiming he couldn’t even keep his only job in life.
Instead, the defense wanted the jury to focus their blame for the murder on Gypsy.
“Let’s get one thing straight,” Perry said. “Who wanted Claudine Blanchard dead? Who? Gypsy did. Gypsy wanted Claudine Blanchard dead and but for that simple fact, we’re not here.”