Jury quickly finds accused wife killer who represented himself guilty
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The jury only took 15 minutes of deliberations before sending a man accused of killing his ex-wife in front of their children to prison for life.
"We the jury find the defendant, Jason Ray Bouchard, guilty of capital murder," the jury foreman read.
Jason Bouchard showed no emotion as he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. It was almost jarring to see how calm he was, as if he knew what was coming.
Jurors only deliberated for 15 minutes. Prosecutors chose not to seek the death penalty against Bouchard, but at least one juror says he wished they had.
"As evil as he is, I think I could've given him the death penalty," said juror Marvin Poundes.
In the six day trial, Bouchard described in excruciating detail how he killed his ex-wife, Terri Sanvicente, in front of their three young children back in 2009. Bouchard represented himself in his murder trial. In a stark contrast to his reaction to the verdict, Bouchard was so hysterical and argumentative during the trial that he raised objections to his own questioning.
"You may believe that i should have done something else," Bouchard told the jury. "I considered a lot of things, but I did what I felt was needed."
Before sending the case to the jury, assistant DA Kelli Johnson demonstrated how Bouchard killed Sanvicente. The murder weapon was so heavy that she broke the court's chair.
Johnson said, "He's very eloquent, which was shown by what he did. Very well planned, very well thought out and that's why he's so scary in our society."
Before Bouchard was taken to jail, he heard from Sanvicente's cousin Michelle Wilson.
"You need to go to prison for the rest of your life where you can't hurt anyone else ever again," she said.
Bouchard has already filed paperwork to appeal the guilty verdict. There's no word yet if he will represent himself again.
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