A jury deliberated about two hours Friday after an eight-day trial and convicted 39-year-old Jeffrey Cravets, of Lake Havasu, of first-degree murder in the death of his estranged wife in 2010. The jury recommended Cravets receive life in prison.
Cravets was being retried following an eight-day trial that resulted in a hung jury.
According to earlier reports, Cravets was arrested in Havasu in August 2010 and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated domestic violence, all linked to the death of his estranged wife, 45-year-old Judy Cravets.
According to earlier reports, police investigations determined Judy Cravets was shot multiple times in her Havasu home in the 3500 block of North Palo Verde Boulevard.
Mohave County deputy county attorney Jeremy Huss said Sunday the retrial didn’t include a murder weapon.
“It was a pure circumstantial case where we had no murder weapon, no conclusive evidence, and no eyewitness to the crime,” Huss stated Sunday via text message. “We had a number of obstacles come up as the case progressed but (LHCPD) Detective Tom Gray and the Lake Havasu City Police Department never relented in this investigation.”
During a 911 call to police about 11 a.m. in late July 2010, Jeffrey Cravets reported discovering his wife’s dead body inside the residence. He was considered a person of interest during early investigation because of his access to the home, and reports of the estranged couple’s strained relations at that time.
At the crime scene, there were no signs of forced entry into the residence and no weapons were found. There was no indication the body was moved after death.
During a court hearing in late August 2010, Cravets pleaded not guilty to the charges.
On Nov. 14, an eight-day trial followed with five hours of deliberations the next day, resulted in a hung jury. The trial had begun Oct. 30. The jury’s dynamic was nine men and three women.
Huss said Sunday the re-trial’s jury was made up of seven men and five women.
Cravets’ sentencing hearing is 11 a.m. March 8 in Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven Conn’s court, in Kingman.
During the sentencing hearing, Judge Conn determines if Cravets will serve a natural-life prison term, or if he will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years.
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