Trussell Convicted of 1997 Murder

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A Butler County jury convicted Jerry Trussell in a murder plot that took place ten years ago. Trussell was found guilty of aiding and abetting murder in the 1st degree and conspiracy to commit 1st degree murder in the death of Punkie Harrod.

It was Trussell's 2nd trial in the case - the first ended in a mistrial when the jury couldn't reach a verdict.

Prosecutors say Punkie and his wife Kelly agreed to let Trussell and his wife move in with them. Butler County Attorney Jan Satterfield says, "Punkie was "generous, going to help a friend out, and give him a place to stay."

Kelly Harrod confided in her friend Tammy Trussell that she wanted out of her marriage and the only way to ensure custody of her two children was to have her husband killed.

Prosecutors say Trussell agreed to kill Punkie in exchange for sex, not from his wife Tammy, but from Kelly. "It was the least she could do if Jerry was going to kill her husband." said Satterfield.

Satterfield says the three had met and they had a plan and that Tammy knew about the plan and the sex. In fact, Jerry told his wife she'd have to help him "get the job done" according to Tammy.

On July 28th or 29th, 1997, Tammy claims Jerry held Punkie down and she shot him in the head. Punkie's body has never been found.

Trussell's defense attorney claims the woman realized the "the jig was up and to save themselves. "They needed a fall guy and that fall guy was Jerry."

Kelly Harrod has already been convicted and is serving a three year prison sentence. Tammy received 9 years in prison. For the second time now, Jerry Trussell faces life if he's convicted.

Sentencing for Jerry Trussell is scheduled for August 5th.

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