Jeffrey McKelvey

Jeffrey McKelvey

Jeff McKelvey was convicted on 5 counts of capital murder and sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole this week in the deaths of Denie and Pam Tucker of Pea Ridge Road. 

The jury deliberated just under an hour in returning the guilty verdicts. 

The sentence was handed down by Judge Tim Riley on Tuesday after McKelvey waived his rights to have a jury recommend his sentence. McKelvey also waived his right to a hearing during the sentencing phase of the trial.

The sentences will run consecutively and were recommended by the Tucker family and the state.

The jury of 8 women and 4 men deliberated just under an hour late Monday afternoon before returning with the guilty verdicts on each count. The 5 counts include murder of 2 or more people, murder during a robbery in the case of each victim, and murder during a burglary in the case of each victim.

Over the course of 12 days, jurors heard testimony from 20 witnesses and observed a large number of photos, jewelry and other items entered into evidence. The defendant did not take the stand.

In closing arguments on Monday, defense attorney Brian White focused on the testimony of McKelvey’s co-defendant Henry Pyle, suggesting he continued to lie and make plans for himself when he entered into his plea deal with the state.

Marshall County District Attorney Everett Johnson recapped the timeline provided by witnesses from a month prior to the murders to the present, telling jurors that Pyle’s testimony was supported by evidence and what other witnesses had stated. Chief Assistant District Attorney Ed Kellett added the men were equal partners in the hustles, lies and crime.

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