Terrence Roach found not guilty of murder

Terrence Roach found not guilty of murder
Terrence Roach, 24. (Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff's Office)

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - A jury has found Terrence Roach not guilty of murder in the death of 19-year-old Aleah Beckerle.

A verdict was reached just before 1:00 a.m. Thursday.

The jury found Roach not guilty on three counts of murder, one count of burglary with serious bodily injury and one count of kidnapping with serious bodily injury.

However, Roach was found guilty on two other charges, one count of criminal confinement resulting in serious bodily injury and one count of abuse of a corpse.

Day 3 of Roach's trial began around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The State began the day by calling its final witness, Dr. James Jacobi, to the stand. He is the forensic pathologist who conducted the autopsy on Aleah's body.

After Dr. Jacobi's testimony, the defense began calling witnesses, starting with Tony Walker. Walker retired from EPD in September 2016 and worked in the Crime Scene Unit for 25 years.

Walker gave testimony about the examination of Aleah's bedroom. He testified that there was no evidence that someone had entered through the window and said there was no disturbance.

The defense's second and final witness, EPD Detective William Arbaugh, was asked about protein supplements found in the trash can at Aleah's home the day after her disappearance.

Roach declined to testify in his defense.

The jury received final instructions late Wednesday morning and closings arguments began around 12:45 p.m. afternoon after a recess. The prosecution and defense wrapped up closing arguments and the case was handed to the jury around 1:45 p.m.

The jury returned to the courtroom around 3:30 p.m. with a request to review the phone call recordings and an interview between Roach and detectives.

Roach will remain in the Vanderburgh Co. Jail without bond for now. He is due back in court for sentencing on June 27. He faces up to 18 and a half years.

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