After only a couple hours of deliberations, a jury found Matthew Slocum guilty on all counts. Our Matt Hunter spoke with family members of the victims, who say Slocum got what he deserved.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. -- Less than eight months after his mother, step-father and step-brother were found dead in their fire ravaged White Creek home, Matthew Slocum was found guilty of seven counts, including three counts of second degree murder.
“He took out three good, productive people in society and he’s never offered anything,” said Erick Harrington, Dan Harrington’s son.
The 24-year-old’s trial lasted less than two weeks. Jurors reached a verdict in roughly two hours. Slocum’s somber, almost non-existent reaction to the verdict paled in comparison to that of the three victim’s family members, dozens of whom packed the courthouse each day of this trial.
“It’s brought us all together, it’s been a big family and we’ve all had each other’s support all the way through this,” said Raymond Coon, Lisa Harrington’s brother.
“It was very, very difficult holding emotions through the trial, even as I testified. It really came out in the family as we went downstairs, the release of stress and our heartache. Nothing can ever be done to bring our family members back,” said John Harrington, Dan Harrington’s brother.
Throughout the trial, Slocum’s attorneys tried to convince jurors that it was the defendant’s girlfriend,and not Slocum, who was responsible. That message clearly didn’t resonate with jurors, who sided with the prosecution’s case.
“He did it, there’s no doubt in my mind he did it. I don’t think there’s any doubt in the jury’s mind,” said Kevin Kortright, (R) Washington County District Attorney.
Slocum faces 75 years to life in prison. For the family members of his three victims, even the maximum sentence won’t seem long enough.