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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

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