Meece Sentencing

A Lexington man convicted of a 13-year-old triple murder will soon learn his fate.

Sept. 15, 2006, William Henry Meece was found guilty of shooting and killing a well-known Columbia veterinarian and his family in 1993 at the 1 p.m. sentencing phase of his trial.

Deliberations didn’t last more than a couple hours before jurors returned with a verdict. Meece was found guilty on all charges including three counts of murder, burglary in the first degree and robbery in the first degree.

Jurors were sent home for the weekend and reconvened this afternoon for the sentencing phase. Right now closing arguments are taking place.

The prosecution is seeking the death penalty and the defense is seeking a lighter sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

Earlier today jurors heard three hours of testimony. First a mitigation investigator spoke about Meece’s life, and then Meece’s mother took the stand, who testified that he was a great dad. Jurors also heard from Meece’s former fiance, who also said he was great to his kids. Lastly Meece’s former employer from an Eastern Kentucky Jail testified.

Jurors have received final instructions from the judge and will soon deliberate.