HUDSON—David T. Agan is guilty of first degree murder and an assortment of sex crimes.
At the close of a grueling three-week trial in Columbia County Court Friday, January 26 at 1:35 p.m., a jury of seven men and five women found Mr. Agan, 44, guilty on all charges in a 136 count indictment.
The jury deliberated for about six hours.
The charges against Mr. Agan include first degree murder for intentionally stabbing to death his estranged wife, Christina M. Agan in the vestibule of the Valatie Medical Arts Building, 1301 River Street in the village, December 10, 2015 shortly before 2 p.m.
The guilty verdict on murder one, means the jury found that Mr. Agan intended to kill his wife because she witnessed a crime he committed previously and he wanted to prevent her from testifying against him in court about it. The crime was the incestuous relationship he was having with his daughter.
He was also convicted of multiple counts of third degree rape, third degree criminal sexual act and third degree incest–all in connection with that illegal sexual relationship with his teenage daughter.
When the jury foreman responded “guilty” to Judge Richard Koweek’s query as to the panel’s finding on the first degree murder charge, gasps and then sobbing could be heard from friends and family of Ms. Agan’s who were present in the courtroom to hear the verdict.
The judge repeated the procedure, reciting every charge in the indictment and asking the foreman for the jury’s finding. The process took several minutes.
Mr. Agan had no audible reaction.
His attorney on the murder charge, Dennis Schlenker, interrupted the verdict announcement to ask the judge to question the foreman about whether the panel had considered the extreme emotional disturbance defense he had mounted on his client’s behalf.
The foreman answered, “Did we consider it? Yes.”
But it did not change their final determination.
The judge told Mr. Agan he now faces life incarceration in prison when sentenced Monday, April 2 at 10 a.m.
A complete trial wrap-up story will appear in the February 1 issue of The Columbia Paper.
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