July 21, 2006
By CATHARYN CAMPBELL 6 News Reporter
CLINTON (WATE) -- A former paramedic accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife and her boyfriend was found guilty Friday.
The jury found Phillip Douglas Seals, 45, guilty on two counts of premeditated first degree murder and two counts of felony murder after deliberating for about three hours.
The jury gave Seals two life sentences. The judge ruled for him to serve those concurrently so he will be eligible for parole.
Seals took the stand in his defense Thursday but was unable to persuade jurors away from the premeditated murder charges.
Seals was charged with murdering Misty Seals and her boyfriend, Mark Newton, after he found them in bed together in February 2005.
Misty Seals' mother, Pearl Harmon, believes he got off easy."The Hell with him. Burn in Hell, that's what I got to say to him. He took my baby."
A pathologist, Dr. Cleland Blake, took the stand Wednesday to describe injuries sustained by the pair.
He said both were shot multiple times. Misty Seals died when one of the bullets went through her heart. Newton was shot five times and lived for a while, before succumbing to his wounds.
A private investigator also took the stand Wednesday to testify that Seals had hired his company to conduct surveillance on his wife.
Seals had turned down a offer to plead guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and serve a 25-year prison sentence.
His attorney now plans to file a motion to request a new trial.