Man Found Guilty Of Killing Wife
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Casey Callahan, 52, who was found guilty of the January 2000 murder of his wife Elizabeth Welsh in the county’s first murder trial in decades, was sentenced to 25-to-life by Judge John F. Lambert during his hearing yesterday on Otsego County Court.
“It’s the maximum sentence, and I’m satisfied,” said District Attorney John Muehl. “This was a cold, calculated, pre-meditated murder.”
“I ask the court to consider the magnitude and impact of this crime that took Elizabeth’s life and what it has done to her son and family,” said her sister, Marie Valentine, in a statement to the judge. “I would ask your honor to consider sentencing Casey Callahan to the maximum sentence under the law, as any time he spends incarcerated is nothing compared to what he did to Elizabeth and what her family has and will experience in our lifetime.”
COOPERSTOWN – A jury this morning found Casey Callahan guilty of murder in the second degree for the Jan.19, 2000 death of his wife, Elizabeth Welsh Callahan.
The verdict came in around 11:30 a.m. District Attorney John Muehl prosecuted the case throughout the week, calling 21 witnesses. In the final hours of the trial yesterday morning, Callahan himself was called to the stand by his attorney, William Schebaum.
ANATOMY OF A MURDER TRIAL
DAY ONE: Monday, Sept. 11
• IN OPENING REMARKS, District Attorney Muehl paraphrases suspect Callahan: “I can kill someone and get away with it.”
• TRUCK DRIVER George Borrowdale describes witnessing Callahan’s rig running over wife Elizabeth
CASEY CALLAHAN TRIAL: Day THREE
COOPERSTOWN – Investigator Sean Ralph testified that Casey Callahan, currently on trial for the 2000 murder of his wife, Elizabeth Welsh Callahan, told him that her final words to her husband were “‘I love you, I’ll see you on the other side’,” allegedly referring to the opposite side of the Dandy Mart truck stop where Callahan was to pick her up.
CASEY CALLAHAN TRIAL: Day TWO
By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Elizabeth Welsh Callahan allegedly told her niece, Amanda Travis, that her husband Casey Callahan had kicked her in the stomach while she was pregnant with their son, Connor.
“I didn’t like the way he treated Lizzy,” Travis said during her testimony as part of this afternoon’s proceedings in the case against Callahan, who is charged with Elizabeth’s murder.