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It was an emotional time in the courtroom as a guilty verdict is read in a Portland murder trial. A jury found Brian Cole guilty Tuesday of murdering his wife, Heather Mallory, and dumping her body in a forest near Estacada in 2008.  Brain Cole showed no emotion before the verdict was read, sitting next to his lawyer, leaning forward. Cole then closed his eyes as the verdict was read: Guilty of killing his wife, Heather Mallory in 2008. “I feel as if justice has been done today. Brian Cole almost got away with murder, and the jury has spoken and he’s being held accountable. And we’re so very happy about that today.” Prosecutor Amy Holmes. Cole was led out of the courtroom crying. He was in shackles, and his hands were bound behind his back as sheriff’s deputies led him down the hallway. Heather Mallory’s parents listened to the verdict via phone from their home in Seattle. Sentencing is set for July 20th. Those who were in the courtroom during the trial describe Brian Cole as emotionless during much of the testimony.

 

 

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