Sarah Kolb guilty on all counts
From John Beydler's live blogging of the verdict:
The verdicts were read — guilty on all counts — just after 1:35 p.m. More in a moment.And thus a sick, morally and psychologically twisted young woman was judged guilty of the sadistic crimes for which she was tried.
The end was quick. The Kolb and Reynolds families were ushered into the courtroom first; then the media; the remaining seats filled up with the assorted others who’ve been following the trial for the last two and a half weeks.
Judge James Teros, solumn on the bench, said “I’ve been informed the jury has reached a verdict. I understand that for many of you this will be an emotional moment. Please be calm and collected.”
Then, “Please bring in the jury.”
The 12 jurors, seven men and five women, filed into the courtroom and into the jury box. Many had their heads down, as usual, watching where they stepped as they picked their way though the seats to the places where they’d sit.
Judge Teros: “Ladies and Gentleman of the jury. I understand you’ve reached a verdict.”
“We have, your honor,” replied the foreman, a short dark-haired man who’s among he younger members of the panel.
“Would you please give them to the court so that they can be published.”
The foreman handed the sheaf of verdict forms to one of the bailiffs, who turned and took one step and handed them to Judge Teros.
He proceeded without ceremony. “We the jury find the defendant guilty of murder in the first degree, Count I.” No pause. “We the jury find the defendant guilty of murder in the first degree, Count II. We the jury find the defendant guilty of concealment of a homicidal death.”
Sarah’s back was to me. I couldn’t see her reaction, and her body betrayed none in the 10 seconds before I slipped out the door and ran down the hallway and stairs, to make the call to Quad-Cities Online.
Since this blog began, the two words most used in search engines to reach the site, even ahead of "inside" and "dope", are "kolb" (2467 times) and "sarah" (2343 times) despite the fact that I've only had a couple posts on the subject a few months ago.
What is troubling is how much excitement and interest this has attracted from other teens obsessed with death, violence, sex, and murder. I guess that's to be expected, but it's almost as if Kolb has been elevated to some sort of sick cult hero.