The 20-year legal saga of Michael George reached another conclusion when he was
found guilty again in the murder of his wife.
As you may recall, George was originally convicted in 2008, but that verdict was overturned because of prosecutorial misconduct.
The second trial introduced new evidence from a variety of witnesses who had seen things on the fateful day when Barbara George was shot in the head in the back of the comics shop she and her husband owned, including mysterious cars, people hanging around, and an alibi nap by George on his mother’s sofa.
However, the jury, which had been deliberating since last Thursday, was more convinced by the prosecution’s claims that George planned to kill his wife, collect insurance, and go off with the woman he was having an affair with (now his wife, Renee.)
George was convicted of first-degree murder, felony firearm, insurance fraud, and false pretenses. He’d been released from prison after the first verdict was overturned. More appeals are likely to ensue, however, so the legal wrangling may continue yet.
The family of Barbara George hailed the verdict.
“The family’s ecstatic. There’s no way a jury is going to get this wrong twice,” said Joe Kowynia, 48 of Harrison Township, Barbara’s brother. ” I feel sorry for my nieces, this is long overdue.
“Now that this is over, Barb can rest in peace. And we can move on and he can rot in jail.”
George’s defense attorney, Carl Marlinga, called the news an “awful tragedy.”
“I was convinced that he was innocent. I thought the alibi witnesses were solid.
“I’ll never understand.”
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.