Wauseon residents weigh in on Worley facing the death penalty
WAUSEON, OHIO (WNWO)-- Linda Degroff has lived in Wauseon since 1994.
She's made a lot of memories, but one fateful day in July 2016 she can't forget. It's the day 20 year old Sierah Joughin went missing.
" I couldn't believe it, why someone would be that hateful," said Degroff.
Nearly two years later the man charged with killing the college student and burying her body in a cornfield her has sat in court.
Hundreds have followed the James Worley murder trial closely, like Ronald Bailey who has lived in Wauseon for 9 years.
"It scared me when I heard the other lady and the witness talking about what she went through with him and then to think nothing ever happened and here he did the full extent,"said Bailey.
Coming to a guilty verdict for the man found with bloody paper towels and underwear with Sierah's DNA appeared easy for most. However, though many are certain of Worley's involvement, whether or not he should be killed for his actions is not such a clear decision.
"If he got life tax payers are paying for his stay," said Degroff. She says she wants jurors to consider the death penalty as she's not fond of her tax dollars going towards keeping a killer comfortable.
"He's done everything he's accused of so why prolong. [his life]".
Bailey says he doesn't mind either way, but knows for sure he does not want to see Worley free again.
After a Monday delay, the sentencing phase is expected to begin Tuesday.
There the jury will hear testimonies on character and circumstances to decide James Worley's fate.
"It's a good town, just sad that there's some bad people like that around," said Bailey.