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Kentucky man arrested in 20-year-old Arkansas murders

There are 134 comments on the Pine Bluff Commercial story from May 3, 2006, titled Kentucky man arrested in 20-year-old Arkansas murders. In it, Pine Bluff Commercial reports that:

Kentucky authorities say they've arrested a man in the slayings 20 years ago of a couple at Ash Flat, Ark.

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Citizen

Lexington, KY

#122 Jan 22, 2009
Steven Victor WERTZ, Appellant,
v.
STATE of Arkansas, Appellee,

CR 07-1155

Supreme Court of Arkansas

Opinion Delivered September 18, 2008

Appeal from the Sharp County Circuit Court, No. CR-2006-75, Hon. Harold S. Erwin, Judge.

Affirmed.

PAUL E. DANIELSON, Associate Justice.

Appellant Steven Wertz appeals from his convictions on two counts of capital murder and his sentence of death. He asserts four points on appeal:(1) that the evidence did not sufficiently corroborate the accomplice testimony; (2) that the jury erred in finding the existence of an aggravator during the sentencing phase; (3) that the jury erred in finding no mitigating circumstance; and (4) that various considerations should be taken into account during this court's review pursuant to Arkansas Rule of Appellate Procedure—Criminal 10 (2008). We affirm Wertz's convictions and sentence.

How many appeals before final justice is served?
Steven D Wertz

United States

#123 Nov 30, 2009
As Steve V Wertz son I find this all FUCKED UP. Dad this is what happens whan u get with so fat hor who kills her ex & wife. Belenda had watts killed & told me she would kill me the same way. shot me & her & chasenda would run out the backdoor.
Cheyanne

Oklahoma City, OK

#124 Jan 1, 2010
Does anyone know how to get a hold of Chasenda? I'm her cousin from Oklahoma and have been trying to find her and no one seems to know any contact info? Email [email protected] please I miss her.
Citizen Bane

Lexington, KY

#125 Jan 13, 2010
Steven Victor WERTZ, Appellant,
v.
STATE of Arkansas, Appellee,

CR 07-1155

Supreme Court of Arkansas

Opinion Delivered September 18, 2008

Appeal from the Sharp County Circuit Court, No. CR-2006-75, Hon. Harold S. Erwin, Judge.

Affirmed.

PAUL E. DANIELSON, Associate Justice.

Appellant Steven Wertz appeals from his convictions on two counts of capital murder and his sentence of death. He asserts four points on appeal:(1) that the evidence did not sufficiently corroborate the accomplice testimony; (2) that the jury erred in finding the existence of an aggravator during the sentencing phase; (3) that the jury erred in finding no mitigating circumstance; and (4) that various considerations should be taken into account during this court's review pursuant to Arkansas Rule of Appellate Procedure—Criminal 10 (2008). We affirm Wertz's convictions and sentence.

How many appeals before final justice is served?

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Orlando friend

Oviedo, FL

#126 Mar 1, 2010
Let's put it this way, if you had been convicted of something that you did not do how many appeals or how would you wish to be able to prove yourself innocent.

You know, it's amazing to me as I have just read all of the comments again on this site that none of you seem to have any concern whatsoever that you have convicted an innocent man. Do you not watch the news, follow the specials on television about some of the most recent people who have now been released from prison after finding out that they were convicted and were actually innocent? I watched a 48 hours special this past December 26, 2009 about Tim Masters. He had been in prison for a very long time, the prosecution never looked at anyone else but he finally got an attorney who was willing to fight for his innocence and demanded that DNA testing be done on what evidence they had. Mr. Masters' DNA was not on any of the evidence but someone else's was.

All you have to do is look at how many people have been convicted of crimes they did not commit and see now with DNA testing and other more sophisticated testing that defense teams are now finding many of these people innocent.

It is my belief that Steve will be found innocent. There are too many things that do not fit, there is evidence that was not presented at trial, there is evidence that the prosecution has withheld, there is DNA testing that was done but the reports were not turned over to the defense and on and on. Yes, Penny you were right when you said he would not have needed an accomplice, a weapon or anything else and chances are there would not have been any bodies to be found.

The crime scene was more like a drug hit. Kathy Watts had told church friends that she was afraid for Terry as he owed money to some guys for drugs. There are written reports taken by the local law enforcement to back that up. Kathy also told friends that the reason that Terry did not have the money to give to these guys for the drugs was because his brother had stolen the money. Take that for what it is worth but when you lie with dogs you sometimes get fleas on you.

If the jurors would have listened to Kaye Snyder's testimony about her receiving a collect telephone call from Jamie, Jr. the night of the murders that all by itself should have made them have severe doubt that Steve committed these murders. Mrs. Snyder said her son, Jamie, Jr., called her collect somewhere around midnight the night of the murders. She also testified that when she heard about Steve being suspected of the murders that she checked her phone bill to be sure that the collect call she received from Jamie, Jr. that night had been made from Steve Wertz's residence. She said she did that because she wanted to be sure she knew where her son, Jamie, Jr. was that night. That hardly fits with what her son told the jury.

I want to be around and want to see the comments and the postings from all of you the day that Steve Wertz is found innocent.

Thank you for your time
Citizen Bane wrote:
Steven Victor WERTZ, Appellant,
v.
STATE of Arkansas, Appellee,
CR 07-1155
Supreme Court of Arkansas
Opinion Delivered September 18, 2008
Appeal from the Sharp County Circuit Court, No. CR-2006-75, Hon. Harold S. Erwin, Judge.
Affirmed.
PAUL E. DANIELSON, Associate Justice.
Appellant Steven Wertz appeals from his convictions on two counts of capital murder and his sentence of death. He asserts four points on appeal:(1) that the evidence did not sufficiently corroborate the accomplice testimony; (2) that the jury erred in finding the existence of an aggravator during the sentencing phase; (3) that the jury erred in finding no mitigating circumstance; and (4) that various considerations should be taken into account during this court's review pursuant to Arkansas Rule of Appellate Procedure—Criminal 10 (2008). We affirm Wertz's convictions and sentence.
How many appeals before final justice is served?
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citizen

Lexington, KY

#127 Mar 4, 2010
"I want to be around and want to see the comments and the postings from all of you the day that Steve Wertz is found innocent."

Don't hold your breath.
Commenting

Oviedo, FL

#128 Mar 12, 2010
Don't hold your breath!!! That sounds like someone who is not informed, or perhaps has not even taken the time to go back and read the trial transcript. You need not worry I would never hold my breath but I will say and tell you that this was a case of no one ever looking at not one other suspect. Kathy Watts' own mother and brother in-law disturbed and tampered with so much at the crime scene it will be a wonder that the case will ever be solved. I thought people with any common sense would know not to walk through, move items or do anything at a crime scene but to wait for the police to get there so they could possibly find the correct people who committed a crime like this. Then, because everyone was just certain they knew who committed the crime the police really never preserved evidence or looked at any other suspects. As I said before (and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out), when the pieces to the puzzle do not fit there is definitely something wrong and people are beginning to take notice of that fact and you can hold your breath if you want but it will happen --- you want to know why???? because the truth always comes out. God knows who committed these murders and if that person or those people are too cowardly to admit what they have done then they will have to answer for that before God one day but know that every day God walks ahead of Christians and protects them from all wrong. So get ready it will happen maybe after your life time or after mine, but it will happen. We have too many wonderful people today who work diligently to try to prove wrongfully convicted people innocent. Perhaps the people who ringmastered this conspiracy should watch their step maybe they will be the next people the police will want to talk to, you just never know.

Perhaps our law makers should pass laws stating that when people give false witness to cause others to be wrongfully imprisoned or prosecutors and/or sheriffs withhold evidence to keep any exculpatory evidence from being presented at trial, that those people responsible for those acts should be made to go sit in prison in a 6 x 8 cell 24/7 for the same amount of time that the person they gave false witness against had to endure. Think about that. If the law makers would do that then perhaps people responsible for those types of things would think twice before they gave false witness against another.
Citizen Bane

Lexington, KY

#129 Apr 12, 2010
"I want to be around and want to see the comments and the postings from all of you the day that Steve Wertz is found innocent."

I agree citizen.

Orlando friend should prepare to wait a long, long time, probably until about 2024. The process averages about 20 years.
kissimmee resident

Georgetown, KY

#131 May 1, 2010
The man is crazy!I knew him, and he has a jekyl and hyde personality. Don't let the man fool you! He done it, and he knows he done it. He just thought he would never get caught because he didn't expect anyone to be brave enough to rat him out. If his ex wife had anything to do with it; then why didn't he implicate her? Her daughter is grown now with one of her own. I feel sorry for the poor woman who was married to him at the time of his arrest! I know it probably has to be hard on his kids, and grandkids, but they have to know in their heart he is capable of it. If he ever got out of jail; i don't think the people who testified against him would feel safe. Honestly he would go on business trips for awhile. How does anyone know that these two are the only ones he killed? Anyone who thinks he is innocent really don't know him
Commenting wrote:
Don't hold your breath!!! That sounds like someone who is not informed, or perhaps has not even taken the time to go back and read the trial transcript. You need not worry I would never hold my breath but I will say and tell you that this was a case of no one ever looking at not one other suspect. Kathy Watts' own mother and brother in-law disturbed and tampered with so much at the crime scene it will be a wonder that the case will ever be solved. I thought people with any common sense would know not to walk through, move items or do anything at a crime scene but to wait for the police to get there so they could possibly find the correct people who committed a crime like this. Then, because everyone was just certain they knew who committed the crime the police really never preserved evidence or looked at any other suspects. As I said before (and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out), when the pieces to the puzzle do not fit there is definitely something wrong and people are beginning to take notice of that fact and you can hold your breath if you want but it will happen --- you want to know why???? because the truth always comes out. God knows who committed these murders and if that person or those people are too cowardly to admit what they have done then they will have to answer for that before God one day but know that every day God walks ahead of Christians and protects them from all wrong. So get ready it will happen maybe after your life time or after mine, but it will happen. We have too many wonderful people today who work diligently to try to prove wrongfully convicted people innocent. Perhaps the people who ringmastered this conspiracy should watch their step maybe they will be the next people the police will want to talk to, you just never know.
Perhaps our law makers should pass laws stating that when people give false witness to cause others to be wrongfully imprisoned or prosecutors and/or sheriffs withhold evidence to keep any exculpatory evidence from being presented at trial, that those people responsible for those acts should be made to go sit in prison in a 6 x 8 cell 24/7 for the same amount of time that the person they gave false witness against had to endure. Think about that. If the law makers would do that then perhaps people responsible for those types of things would think twice before they gave false witness against another.
Theneedle

United States

#132 May 10, 2010
Citizen Bane wrote:
"I want to be around and want to see the comments and the postings from all of you the day that Steve Wertz is found innocent."
I agree citizen.
Orlando friend should prepare to wait a long, long time, probably until about 2024. The process averages about 20 years.
I want to see the look on your face and his when he gets the needle.
Andjusticeforall

United States

#133 May 10, 2010
Wertz get ready the needle is coming your way.
The judge

Newport, AR

#134 Aug 6, 2010
I apoligize up front for not reading all of the posts on this topic. As for Wertz being guilty. He is. Does that mean that law enforcement has all of the information in this case it does not. No case is perfect but this one was clear enough. Wertz was the suspect from the very get go. Just took a little while and a lot of work to prove it. Kudos to David Huffmaster. Oh and for the record I was in that crime scene later that morning and have read every document in that case.
Doug Van Syckle

Montgomery, AL

#135 Sep 21, 2010
Steven Wertz wrote:
AS THE SON OF STEVE V.WERTZ. MY FATHER SHOULD OF STAYED WITH MY MOTHER ( PANNY NICKALSON) I HAVE NEVER TRUSTED BELINDA. BELINDA IS A EVIL. BELINDA HAS TOLD ME THAT SHE WOULD KILL ME THE SAME WAY SHE HAD HAR EX KILLED & NO ONE WOULD CARE.SHE WAS ABUSEIVE MENTELY & PHYSICALY TO ME.
Steve, I knew your dad and Penny. They are the godparents of my son. I do not believe Steve did this. I am so shocked and so is my wife Cheryl. We just found out about this because we were looking for Steve to get in touch with him. I pray that his appeal overturns this conviction and sets a good man free.

“To a better world”

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#136 Oct 8, 2014
It's called a circumstantial evidence case, and about 80% of them end convictions. The fact is, who benefited from the deaths? Steve Wertz did... eventually didn't he? He got what he wanted. Shoe or boot sizes don't disprove anything, the fact is if the sole was wet or had mud on it - the size of the boot print would be altered. The fact is he wanted custody of a child and killed two people to make that happen. One of the co conspirators testified, his ex wife sounds like a lunatic who would gladly have gone along with a double murder and lied for him, and then lied to protect herself from any prosecution later on, and the sad fact seems to be a number of women loved his size 13's to the point they can't see reason. This is truly a horrific crime that affected generations of one family and it seems it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The dead need justice, the living need it too. The police and prosecutors knew who did it from the beginning, it took time to build a case where a jury would convict. It's not that uncommon - but his sentence isn't going to be overturned. I'm just surprised that Wertz didn't kill the weak link Snyderman years earlier to avoid someone growing a conscience later on in life.

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