The attorney for the Waterloo man accused of killing two people and wounding another says there will be an appeal
The jury reached a decision in the double murder trial in Seneca County Court. Emerson "John" Tohafjian, 48, Tuesday was found guilty on all 18 charges against him.
He fatally shot his ex-girlfriend, 53-year-old Lori McConnell, and 45-year-old Chuck Andrus at a home in the Village of Waterloo back in July. A second woman was also injured in the attack, but survived.
Tohafjian faces life in prison.
"If you were in the court room you heard her testify with no hesitation," said Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch. "On the read back you heard the 911 being played. Four minutes. Three times she said John Tohafjian shot all of us. Three times she said that in the first 42 seconds."
The defense attorney said an appeal is planned.
"Obviously we're very disappointed in the verdict of the jury. We felt that we put forth good evidence that showed that someone else was there. Unfortunatley, they didn't see that," said defense attorney Frank Ciardi. "We do intend on filing an appeal, but we are upset that they didn't see it the way we thought they would."
Carl Tohafjian says his son didn't do this and the evidence did not support the verdict. "If he is guilty, then he should be punished...but there is no evidence that shows he did this. No gun, no DNA, no residue, nothing," he said.