Pattison Found Guilty in Murder Case

By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer
By Krystal Shull

November 10, 2010 Updated Nov 10, 2010 at 12:46 AM EDT

WABASH, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Following a host of twists and turns in ten days of testimony, a Wabash County jury Tuesday evening found Scott Pattison guilty of murdering his wife Lisa.

The eight men and four women on the jury panel deliberated eight hours.

The verdict returned left the victim's family feeling like it was worth the wait.

Scott Pattison dropped his head when the decision was announced in open court before nine p.m.

He had no comment as he was escorted by a handful of uniformed police officers out of the Wabash County Judicial Center to a squad car for a short ride back to his jail cell.

The prosecutor expressed relief about the verdict, yet he felt the jury did the right thing given the evidence in the case.

Bill Hartley/Wabash County Prosecutor: " There's just a lot of inconsistent things, or strange things that are tough to explain away. Why, for instance, did he lie to police about what time he got home if this was simply an accidental death.

Pattison told police he returned to the couple's home July 2nd of 2009 to find his wife unresponsive on a workout bench in the basement with a weighted barbell across her throat.

But home security video showed Pattison arrived home at least three hours earlier than he originally said he did.

The coroner ruled she died of asphyxia due to neck compression and said it was a homicide.

Attorneys had their opportunity to tie up loose ends during the presentation of closing arguments.

Pattison says he tried to administer CPR after discovering his wife blue and not breathing on the exercise equipment before eventually placing her in his pick-up truck and driving toward the hospital, then calling
9-1-1 for help.

Prosecutor Bill Hartley, Jr. told jurors that was suspicious and that, "If he truly loved or cared for Lisa he would have sought help faster than that."

Other damaging evidence against the defendant, the fact that Pattison exchanged more than 100 text messages with his mistress the day of the death.

Defense attorney Stanley Campbell, in closing arguments, concentrated on testimony that Lisa Pattison was taking more than recommended levels of a weight reduction drug that the defense claims could have made her dizzy or susceptible to cardiac problems.

The suggestions were that she may have let the weight bar slip down on her own throat while exercising and could not save herself.

Regarding the state's case, Campbell said "they are throwing all kinds of theories and speculation at the wall hoping something will stick."

Lisa Pattison's sister said after the decision, that the family is grateful for the efforts of the jury in sifting through so much evidence.

Christine Smith/Lisa Pattison's Sister: " I'm also very thankful to the prosecutor's office and their staff and families, working so hard, but nothing is going to bring back Lisa."

The range of penalties for Pattison is 45 to 65 years.

Sentencing is scheduled to take place within 30 days.

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