Carl Gathright found guilty of wife’s murder

Carl Gathright

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.—Carl Gathright was found guilty of one count of murder in his wife’s April 2017 stabbing death on Thursday, on the last day of his trial.

Gathright's trial lasted for eight days. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 17.

Argusta Gathright was stabbed multiple times in their home on Ashard Drive on April 23, 2017. She called 911 stating her husband had broken down the back door and entered the house, reports said.

Police arrived to find Argusta lying on the sidewalk in front of her home being helped by two neighbors but she did not have a pulse. She was pronounced deceased at the hospital. An autopsy showed she died of sharp force trauma.

Carl had previously been charged with strangulation and domestic battery against Argusta in September 2016 and a no contact order was issued but later lifted after Carl told the court the two were working on their marriage.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Argusta and her son ran outside of the home after Carl picked a lock on the home but Carl followed them and stabbed Argusta with a knife, which he later admitted to doing to police while in custody. 

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