“It has been an extended, lengthy yr,” stated Chontea Loghry, Coffelt’s oldest youngster.
After one hour of closing arguments Thursday afternoon, Sept. 28, in South Central District Courtroom, the 12-member jury returned its unanimous responsible verdict on Class AA felony homicide at four p.m., following two hours deliberation.
Coffelt’s daughters attended all 4 days of the trial, joined by their grandparents from Monday to Wednesday. Whereas Brickle-Hicks’ sentencing continues to be on the horizon, the trial week introduced some onerous moments, Loghry stated.
“Seeing the best way she truly was when she handed was very troublesome,” stated Britney Loghry, Coffelt’s second daughter, referencing her mom’s post-mortem pictures.
“And seeing him re-enact the actions of how he did it additionally was simply ridiculous,” Chontea Loghry, 24, stated, referring to a police interview video of Brickle-Hicks proven Tuesday in courtroom. “That was one of many hardest factors to me.”
Burleigh County Assistant State’s Lawyer Julie Lawyer reviewed prosecutorial proof in her closing and last statements Thursday, saying Brickle-Hicks fatally stomped Coffelt, hid her physique and left her to die.
Protection lawyer James Loraas, who referred to as no witnesses Thursday morning after Lawyer rested Wednesday night, stated affordable doubt exists within the case from Brickle-Hicks’ and Coffelt’s confrontation that night time of April 14, 2016.
“The extent of that confrontation is unknown,” he stated. “Did he confess to deliberately killing Misty Coffelt? No. No, he didn’t. She was alive when he left her.”
Lawyer argued that Brickle-Hicks knew Coffelt had life-threatening accidents when he hid her physique behind the Runnings retailer in Bismarck. Within the video proven in courtroom, Brickle-Hicks is seen admitting to detectives that he struck Coffelt repeatedly and left her nonetheless alive however significantly injured.
“He knew he left her for lifeless,” Lawyer stated.
With Brickle-Hicks’ sentencing to be set for a later date after psychological and chemical dependency evaluations, Coffelt’s women say it isn’t over but — although a weight has been lifted.
However their mother continues to be gone.
Particular days, together with Abby Loghry’s highschool commencement and her sister Britney’s twenty first birthday, glided by with out their mom, Misty, there.
“You all the time assume your mom’s going to be there for that,” Britney Loghry stated.
Abby Loghry stated she missed six months of faculty after the demise of her mom throughout her junior yr of highschool.
“I simply by no means thought that may occur to us the best way it did,” she stated.