Death penalty on the table for Ketchner following conviction – Kingman Daily Miner – Kingman, Arizona
KINGMAN – A jury deliberated just 45 minutes before finding Darrell Ketchner guilty of the first-degree murder of Ariel Allison, the first-degree attempted murder of Jennifer Allison, burglary and three counts of aggravated assault.
Ketchner stabbed Ariel Allison to death and shot Jennifer Allison in the head on July 4, 2009.
Jennifer Allison survived but the attack left her with memory loss and other physical disabilities.
It took nearly three years to get the case to the trial phase because of the complexity of handling a death penalty case. It took just over a week to try the case before a jury.
Jurors heard testimony from blood, DNA and drug experts from the Arizona Department of Public Safety‘s crime lab and witness testimony from neighbors and friends.
Both sides in the case agreed that Ketchner killed Ariel Allison and attacked Jennifer Allison.
What they didn’t agree on was whether he had made a plan before attacking the two women in their home.
Ketchner was allegedly high on methamphetamine at the time of the attack.
Police officers found him passed out at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course several hours after the attack.
Ketchner will return to the courtroom next week to determine if there are any aggravating factors in the case and for the penalty phase of the case, which will determine whether he will get the death penalty or not.