Deputy District Attorneys Kirsten Snowden and Annie Shoen questioned dozens of witnesses, including key investigators and family members, over the eight-day trial, which began Jan. 11. Among the most convincing evidence pointing toward Hazelynn Stomps' guilt were Jerry Stomps' revolver covered in his blood spatter, his burned bones discovered on the couple's East Haines Road property and a massive amount of hidden debt found under Hazelynn Stomps' name
Ever since Feb. 6, 2009, the day Hazelynn Stomps reported her husband missing, she has maintained the couple were victims of an attack, which left her with a broken hip and resulted in her husband's disappearance. But prosecutors argued Stomps had murdered her husband days before and was just planting evidence at the location where the couple were allegedly attacked. They said she fell and had to work her injury into a new story that would explain everything.
Stomps chose not to testify, and her lawyer, Randall Vogt, did not call any witnesses.
While Jerry Stomps' family said it was happy to get closure, Jason Stomps said the trial still left some loose ends to the case.
"It ended up having more questions than answers," he said. "I mean, we're no further along through this trial than the day all this happened."
Prosecutors were not able to prove definitively a motive for Jerry Stomps' murder but said finances were likely a key factor. Hazelynn Stomps was more than $50,000 in debt around the time she reported her husband missing, according to witnesses.
The next step is a military funeral for Jerry Stomps, a Vietnam War veteran, at Willamette National Cemetery, family members said. Stomps' remains, which were taken into evidence, have yet to be released.