Jury returns guilty verdict in Stephen Getter murder trial
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Calhoun County man has been found guilty in the death of his former brother-in-law--a man that he called his best friend.
Just before 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, a jury convicted Stephen Getter of first degree murder, and possession of a firearm in commission of murder.
The first degree murder conviction alone carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Newschannel 3 has been on the case since Robert Barroso II was reported missing just after the new year.
Getter led police to his body, in a field in Lee Township the evening of January 6, and was arrested.
The Calhoun County Prosecutor said that Barroso was shot six times and stabbed.
Investigators say Getter shot and stabbed Barroso to death after discovering Barroso was having an affair with his fiancé, and possibly impregnating her.
On Thursday, Getter testified in his own defense, and told jurors he and Barroso agreed to meet for a fight the morning of December 27, but he claims things got out of hand when Barroso arrived with a knife and charged at him, before Getter shot him with a rifle.
Getter claimed he acted in self-defense and said he didn't plan to kill Barroso.
Newschannel 3 will continue to follow this case as we await sentencing.