A state appeals courtroom panel Wednesday upheld the homicide conviction of a killer who shot his spouse within the head of their Lengthy Seashore residence, then dragged her physique to the toilet and unsuccessfully tried to dismember her by inflicting almost one hundred sharp-pressure accidents to the corpse.
The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Courtroom of Attraction discovered that the proof supporting a discovering that Kevin Adonis Forrest “had the requisite psychological state for first-diploma homicide was overwhelming, whereas the proof of appellant’s intoxication on the time of the killing — consisting of his personal testimony that he was consuming that night time and the presence of empty containers of alcohol round the home — was extraordinarily weak.”
In a 21-web page ruling, the appellate courtroom justices famous that Forrest shot his spouse of 19 years, Kathleen, within the head on Feb. 27, 2013, as she watched tv, then rolled her physique onto a towel, dragged her to the toilet, positioned her within the bathtub and inflicted ninety four sharp-drive accidents — a number of of which might have been deadly if she had not died from the gunshot wound.
After coming back from a go to to a brothel in Nevada, he referred to as 911 on March three, 2013, to report that he had killed his spouse and despatched a textual content message to the sufferer’s cousin advising that his spouse was lifeless and that he “mutilated her corpse lots,” in line with the appellate courtroom panel’s ruling.
He subsequently acknowledged to police that he got here up behind his spouse and shot her, then took photographs of her within the bathtub. Police additionally discovered a letter in Forrest’s handwriting by which he described in graphic element what he had accomplished to his spouse’s physique, in response to the opinion.
Forrest — who had served on lively obligation within the U.S. Coast Guard for 17 1/2 years and within the Coast Guard reserves for four 1/2 years — testified that his spouse had been verbally abusive to him.
He was convicted in September 2014 of first-diploma homicide and sentenced in December 2014 to 50 years to life in state jail.
–Metropolis Information Service
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