Jury returns guilty verdict in Keasling trial

Ricky Keasling found guilty of First Degree Murder./KTVO

Early Thursday afternoon, a Wapello County jury convicted Ricky Keasling of First-Degree Murder for the death of Eldon bait shop owner Darrell Teeter.

The jury started its deliberations around 9 Thursday morning.

Just before 2 p.m., Keasling learned his fate, guilty of First-Degree Murder and First-Degree burglary.

That means a mandatory life sentence for the 26-year-old Eldon man.

KTVO asked Wapello County Attorney Gary Oldenburger if he was surprised by the verdict.

"No I'm not we were always pretty confident in this case. This was a very long investigation involved a lot of work from a lot of agencies. It was a really strong case, we were always confident," Oldenburger said.

Keasling himself showed no emotion when the verdict was read.

His family was outraged at the decision.

Keasling's father Richard spoke with a KTVO reporter after the verdict was read.

"He wouldn't, and he wouldn't hurt a hair on your head. But he was railroaded, lied to for cooperating, this is what we get for cooperating," Richard Keasling said.

Next up in the case, a June 27 sentencing.

That may provide the first opportunity to hear from the Teeter family.

They declined to comment Thursday.

They will be permitted to make victim impact statements at the sentencing.

A Wapello County jury has returned a verdict in the murder trial of Ricky Keasling.

The jury found the 26-year-old guilty of First-Degree Murder in death of Darrell Teeter.

The jury also found Keasling guilty of First-Degree Burglary.

The jury deliberated for about five hours.

The conviction on First-Degree Murder means Keasling will face a mandatory life sentence.

Watch KTVO News tonight at 5, 6, and Ten for more on today's verdict.

Keasling takes the stand

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