McCormack found guilty

Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Barry McCormack was convicted by a Kenai jury Wednesday of murdering Opal Fairchild in her home more than 21 years ago.

The jury, which began deliberations at about 11:30 a.m. returned to the courtroom by about 3:30 p.m. with a verdict charging McCormack with both first- and second-degree murder.

Juror Donald VanLith said the jury questioned the credibility of some of the witness testimony due to the long passage of time, but generally agreed that physical evidence, such as the latent finger prints linking McCormack to the murder, was strong.

"I think Barry McCormack got just exactly what he deserved," said Alice Fairchild, Opal Fairchild's daughter-in-law.

Alice has attended the entire trial and said she feels free again now that a suspect has been convicted.

"We lived for all of those years without knowing who did it, so you suspect everyone," she said.

For the full story, see Thursday's edition.

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