“Where there’s God, there’s a way, and he came through today,” Henslee’s husband, James, said outside the courthouse in Paw Paw after the conviction. “It’s the verdict I’ve been waiting for.”
The women’s bodies were found Jan. 27 in a shallow grave near Beebe’s trailer in Van Buren County, about 60 miles southwest of Grand Rapids. Both women were shot twice.
Beebe told authorities that Howarth, his girlfriend, stormed into his trailer Jan. 24 and saw him sitting on a bed with Amy Henslee, with whom he was having an affair.
Beebe said Howarth fatally shot Henslee, and that Howarth was shot as he fought with her after the gun jammed, a Michigan State Police investigator testified during the trial. Prosecutors allege that Beebe killed both women. Beebe did not testify during the trial.
“I’m very disappointed in the verdict. It doesn’t hold up to logic,” Beebe’s attorney David Hunt told The Associated Press. “I’m sure Mr. Beebe will be appealing.”