By Curt Yeomans
Jonesboro resident, Dario Crosdale, received two life sentences, without parole, plus another 50-year sentence to serve consecutively, from Clayton County Superior Court Judge Albert B. Collier, on Thursday, for the June 2005 murder of his wife and her cousin.
Crosdale, who represented himself, was found guilty of two counts of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, according to Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson.
The jury deliberated for an hour before reaching its decision, said the district attorney.
"He will never get out of jail," said Lawson, who led the prosecuting team on the case.
Monica Crosdale, Dario's wife, and her cousin, Cleveland Langford Roberts, were murdered on June 7, 2005, at the home where Dario and Monica Crosdale lived on Deercrossing Trace, in Jonesboro, Lawson said.
The district attorney said Roberts was shot seven times with a .45-caliber, highpoint, semi-automatic pistol, and Monica Crosdale was shot twice, and "sledge-hammered to death."
The evidence used against Dario Crosdale during the trial included fingerprint, ballistics and DNA evidence, as well as videotape from a Wal-Mart security camera that showed him shopping for a sledge hammer two weeks before his wife was murdered, according to Lawson,
Lawson said Roberts was 34, and Monica Crosdale was 33, when they were murdered, but the district attorney was not sure about Dario Crosdale's age.
Lawson said Dario and Monica Crosdale had been high school sweethearts, and they had two children, who were ages 5, and 12, at the time of the murders.
Dario Crosdale had taken the children to a baby-sitter in Rex before the murders took place, according to the district attorney.