EUGENE, Ore. — A jury in the Johan Gillette double murder trial found Johan Gillette guilty of two counts of aggravated murder, one count of intentional murder, and one count of first degree animal abuse Wednesday afternoon.
The trial lasted a month, and the jury only deliberated a day before making its decision.
Johan was on trial for the murders of his father and his father’s partner.
Johan Gillette showed little emotion as the verdict came down Wednesday afternoon. But his family certainly did, as some broke down in tears as the judge read the guilty verdicts. Johan mouthed to his family from across the room, “It’s ok.”
The jury found him guilty of two counts of aggravated murder for the deaths of his father James Gillette and his father’s partner former UO School of Music Dean Anne McLucas. He was also found guilty of one count of intentional murder for killing anne to cover up the murder of James.
Throughout the month-long trial, the prosecution argued Johan murdered his dad and McLucas at their home on Needham Road on Sept. 7, 2012.
Prosecutors argued Johan beat them with a wrench then used bleach to cover up the crimes, but Johan claimed self-defense.
His attorneys argued Johan’s dad James was abusive toward his son throughout his life and had a violent and explosive personality, and Johan was defending himself as his dad reached for a gun during an argument.
The defense had no objections to the verdict. The state is seeking the death penalty.
The jury is set to begin the sentencing portion of the trial next Wednesday.