Posted on October 14, 2013 at 8:43 AM
Monday, Oct 14 at 4:08 PM
A King County jury found David Pietz guilty Monday of murdering his wife, Nicole, seven years ago.
Jurors reached the verdict during the second day of deliberations.
"You're going to Hell," a friend of Nicole's mother said to David, pointing to him as he left the courtroom.
Nicole’s body was found dumped in a wooded area of Burien in 2006. Her husband was the prime suspect from day one, but police had no direct evidence tying him to the crime and spent six years building their case.
David has always maintained his innocence, saying he and Nicole went to bed together and, when he woke up, she was gone. The prosecution built its case against his character, pointing out his lies and saying he was a partygoer who wanted out of the marriage because Nicole wasn’t wilder.
David told different stories about the night of his wife's disappearance to different people and didn’t actively help in the search for her body. He also refused to testify in his own defense.
The defense pointed to Nicole’s past as a prescription drug addict who may have relapsed. They said she had been prescribed hundreds of painkillers for a back problem. However, the medical examiner only found a trace in her system.
All of the evidence against David was circumstantial, but prosecutors say his abuse history and lack of action after his wife’s alleged “disappearance” provide a motive.
Friends and family say justice has finally been served.
"This is the best feeling ever, it's been seven years, eight months, and 17 days... Nici can rest in peace,” said Barbara Arionus
"She'll never come back, we got justice for her, but I'll never get to hold her again,” said Nicole’s mother, Gael Schnieder.
Nicole's mother said she would now like David to be honest and admit, after years of denials, his role in her murder.
"David, I hope you find it in your heart to be sorry, because otherwise, you're gonna burn in hell forever,” she said.