February 9, 2007
Dale Crawford will spend the rest of his life behind bars. A jury Friday found him guilty of capital murder and six other charges including rape and abduction.
“He is in the best place he could be locked away for life,” said victim Sarah Crawford’s mother Irene Powers.
Some vindication for a family waiting two years to hear a jury say Crawford did it.
“Relief. I just wanted to hear it,” said John Powers, Sarah’s father.
Her family said Sarah was always troubled in her marriage to dale. For years she experienced verbal, physical and sexual abuse. She tried to leave dale in October, 2004 and filed a restraining order.
“We were in fear for here particularly when she separated,” said Irene Powers.
One month after their separation Sarah disappeared. Her body found four days later wrapped in a bed sheet at the quality inn.
“Crawford committed an absolutely heinous act against his wife,” said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jon Zug.
The commonwealth saying the verdict and sentence appropriate in this case. Capital murder comes with a mandatory life sentence and this jury sentenced Crawford to a second life sentence for rape plus 67 additional years for abduction and two fire arms charges.
He was found not guilty on only one charge.
“This verdict doesn't bring Sarah back but it does bring a measure of justice to Mr. and Mrs. Powers,” said Zug.
“She'll always be missed,” her father said sobbing.
The one charge the jury did not find Crawford guilty of was use of a fire arm in the commission of the rape. The commonwealth said that’s because they knew Sarah was already dead when Crawford committed the crime.
A judge must now formally sentence Crawford and he does have the right to amend the recommended sentence. No sentencing hearing has been scheduled.