LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN (WXOW)-- After the guilty verdict, News 19 spoke with members of Kristen Rodgers' family and the prosecutor.
"The trial went about how we expected," said Tim Gruenke, the La Crosse County District Attorney. "It really wasn't that controversial. We put it in pretty cleanly from both sides, and we got the verdict we wanted."
The jury heard three days of testimony and deliberated for less than three hours before reaching a verdict. And while it was a relatively short trial, the six months since 35-year-old Kristen Rodgers was found strangled to death in an alley, have dragged by for her family
"One day at a time, you know, like anything," said Dwayne Rodgers, Kristen's husband. "You know, take it as the day comes. Some gonna be better than others. Just gotta keep living."
Dwayne says he's happy with the verdict but it can't bring his wife back.
"I'm relieved," Dwayne said. "The court system did its job. The police did their job."
Kristen's mother, Kathy, sobbed as the judge read the verdict, and says the end of the trial is a relief, but doesn't provide closure.
"Closure, I hate the word," said Kathy Tabbert. "Closure of what? My daughter's not here. I'll never forget her."
Kristen's family and friends will still face Golatt one more time on November 16, when he is sentenced. Golatt's conviction of first degree intentional homicide carries a mandatory life sentence.
We did reach out the defense attorneys, Allen Beatty and Eric Sanford, but both declined to comment.
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