A Fairbury woman was found guilty of murder on Monday in the beating death of her husband.
The verdict came from the nine-man, three-woman jury, which deliberated for about five hours on Monday.
The 55-year-old Susan Dejong will be sentenced May 3rd for the brutal beating death of her husband, 52-year-old Thomas Dejong.
The state had alleged Susan Dejong killed her husband over suspicion he was having an affair with a South Dakota woman.
Attorneys for both sides declined comment after the verdict and jurors all declined to speak with reporters. Susan Dejong was led out of the west entrance of the courthouse, and made no comment.
Defense Attorney James Mowbray had the jury polled, and all twelve answered yes when asked by District Judge Paul Korslund if guilty was their verdict.
During closing arguments, both attorneys noted it was one of the most brutal beatings medical experts who deal with such deaths, could remember.
Thomas Dejong had suffered massive bruises, broken ribs, fractured vertebrae, a collapsed lung, a broken bone in his neck and a shattered shoulder blade, injuries the state claimed were inflicted with a hammer.
Assistant Attorney General Corey O’Brien said Susan Dejong was consumed by “the jealous and obsessive fantasy that her husband was having an extramarital affair and was incapable of walking away or letting Thomas Dejong, simply go.”
Defense Attorney James Mowbray said evidence suggested Thomas Dejong was beaten by more than once person, because of the injuries he suffered…and that the beating did not happen in his home, where rescue personnel were sent.
Jefferson County District Judge Paul Korslund ordered a pre-sentence investigation, scheduling sentencing for May 3rd. The trial’s evidence and testimony began last Tuesday.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice