The jury was in deadlock. Nine were sure Bechler was guilty, but three couldn’t say for definite.
In a last-minute bid to reach a conclusion, they asked to listen to the wire recording of Bechler’s confession to Tina New, and the undecided three were swung.
In March 2001, Eric Bechler, 33, was convicted of first-degree murder.
He showed little emotion as Pegye’s family sobbed and held each other.
A month later, Bechler was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Bechler in court