Guilty

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

It took the jury a little more than four hours to bring back seven guilty verdicts in the Timmy Pilgreen trial. Pilgreen was on trial for running down a group of six bikers last year on Panama City Beach, killing two of the bikers.

Thursday evening, Pilgreen was found guilty of two counts of first degree murder of Nola Zietler and Donald Dunham. He was also found guilty on all four counts of attempted first degree murder and guilty of battery on a law enforcement officer.

Pilgreen showed very little expression while the verdicts were read, while his wife sat sobbing just two rows behind him in the audience.

Earlier in the day the jury asked to listen to an audiocassette recording of Pilgreen's confession a year ago. The tapes exemplified his defense attorney's stance that Pilgreen's emotions and behavior were so sporadic and impulsive.

The first taped confession Pilgreen is very calm and apologetic about the accident, not really understanding the extent of anyone's injuries just yet.

On the second tape, Pilgreen is extremely angry and very vulgar. He says he intentionally tried to kill the bikers and says he would have killed them all if he'd had a gun. He continues to say he's ready for the death penalty and any other punishment because of his crimes.

In the third videotaped interview, Pilgreen is again calm and collected and very upset about killing two people.

Despite hearing this testimony again, the jurors talked two more hours and came back to convict him as charged with first degree murder and attempted first degree murder.

Pilgreen will be back in court Friday morning for the sentencing phase of the trial. He is now facing a sentence of life in prison or the death penalty for the first degree murder charges.


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