Family member of Valerie Ruark reacts to guilty verdict

Family member of Valerie Ruark reacts to guilty verdict
Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 4:22 PM CST
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WARRICK CO., Ind. (WFIE) - All three people charged in connection to the April 2019 murder of Valerie Ruark have either been convicted or reached a deal.

As we reported Wednesday, a jury found Brian Baumgartner guilty on all counts, including murder.

Valerie’s uncle, Todd Miller, says their family is grateful for the verdict, and this long process can finally be put to rest.

Baumgartner was one of three arrested in this case.

Both Baumgartner and Anthony Wolfe’s trials lasted longer than a week, and went well into the evening hours each day.

It was a long and emotional process for Ruark’s family. Her uncle, Todd Miller, says they hope people just remember Valerie for who she was.

”The biggest thing they would like to come out of this is for everyone to know Valerie. To know that she was a person. She was a mom. She was a daughter, sister, aunt. That’s the big thing we want everybody to know. Nothing was gained from this except for a good verdict.”

Miller says Valerie’s daughter is doing well. She’s in the marching band at her school.

He says they can never truly move on, but at least there is now some closure.

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