- Associated Press - Thursday, July 23, 2015

JACKSON, Mo. (AP) - A Cape Girardeau businessman has been found guilty of killing his wife and 18-year-old son.

KFVS reports (https://bit.ly/1JhSwQK ) that jurors in a Cape Girardeau County court on Thursday found George Joseph guilty of first-degree murder in the 2013 deaths of his wife, Mary, and son, Matthew, who were shot to death at the family’s home. Joseph was also treated for a gunshot wound to the head but recovered.

Joseph’s trial began Monday.

Prosecutor Angel Woodruff said Joseph was dealing with financial troubles when he shot his wife and son and then himself. She told jurors that Joseph’s investment business had turned into a Ponzi scheme, where he used one client’s money to pay back another.

Defense attorney Cynthia Dryden told jurors there was no proof George Joseph pulled the trigger.


Information from: KFVS-TV, https://www.kfvs12.com

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