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Jury Announces Verdict In Love County Murder Trial

MARIETTA, OK -- The murder trial of a Love County man accused of killing two relatives wrapped up Wednesday afternoon.

After a little more than four hours of deliberation, the jury of seven women and five men found 65-year old Aaron Carlile guilty on two counts of first degree murder.

"The evidence was certainly sufficient to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he shot them both a .44 magnum revolver," said district attorney Craig Ladd.

Authorities say the Love County man shot and killed 79-year old Thomas "Sunny" Culwell and 80-year old Marion Culwell on their property last May.

Family members of the Culwells say they believe the jury's recommendation of a life sentence was just.

"I believe that's more punishment than the death sentence," said James Hodges, a first cousin of the Culwells. "Because you got many a year to sit there and do absolutely nothing."

Carlile did not comment as he left the courtroom after hearing the jury's recommendation.

Carlile's defense attorney spoke for the family members present.

"No I don't have any statements at this time," said Melanie Blackburn.
The jury gave their recommendation to judge Wallace Coppedge, who will preside over Carlile's sentencing in late July.

Both assistant district attorney Tim Burson and district attorney Craig Ladd acknowledged the OSBI and the careful consideration of the jury throughout the trial.

"It's an awesome, awesome thing to understand that justice was served for the family of the Culwells," said Burson.

"I certainly hope the verdicts that were rendered today will help bring some closure for the family," said Ladd.

Ladd says Carlile will be formally sentenced on July 29.