After deliberating well into the night, jurors late Thursday convicted Arunya Rouch of opening fire in a Tarpon Springs Publix, killing a former co-worker.
Rouch, 44, was facing several charges stemming from the March 30, 2010 shooting at the supermarket on U.S. 19. Store manager Greg Janowski was killed while sitting in his car outside the store, just hours after Rouch had been fired.
Rouch then entered the store with the gun concealed in a green shopping bag, then resumed shooting.
Her attorneys had claimed that Janowski and others had bullied Rouch at work, and her termination finally pushed her over the edge of insanity.
Holding a picture of her son, Janowski's mother, Kally, said she was relieved the trial had ended.
"I kind of expected what was going to be said, so I was somewhat prepared with what was said," she said. "It was not the truth. That wasn't my son."
Rouch never took the stand in her own defense, and her attorneys declined to present closing arguments. So jurors were left to wade through testimony from several mental health experts who presented conflicting assessments of Rouch's mental state.
Just after 10:30 p.m., they returned to the courtroom to announce a guilty verdict. Moments later, Rouch was sentenced to life in prison.
"It was kind of unfortunate that it did portray Greg as a bully, and testimony, many testimonies, did not come to that level at all," Brian Singletary, Janowski's step father, said. "That's regrettable."
Rouch did not show any emotion as the verdict was read. Janowski's mother just had an emotional message.
"No words can describe the amount of pain and suffering and loss that I feel," she said. "I cannot begin to express the amount of anguish that I and my entire family have had to endure."
Rouch's attorney said the decision was a close one.
"They really, seriously considered our defense," attorney Greg Tragos said. "They even asked for our psychiatrist's testimony … They asked for our psychiatrist's testimony, and no others."
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