FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A Washington County jury has convicted a farmer of hindering the investigation into the 2007 of his wife at the hands of her daughter.
The panel found Bob Devor guilty of the charge on Friday and recommended a 10-year prison term. Circuit Judge William Storey is scheduled to sentence Devor Feb. 25, allowing time for the 70-year-old to undergo hip replacement surgery.
Devor’s wife, Pauline Devor was beaten and shot by her daughter, Delores Eggert, and Monica Bautista on June 14, 2007, and burned in a secluded area of the Devor Farm, investigators and prosecutors have said.
Bob Devor was accused of staging a crime scene, lying to mislead investigators, concealing evidence and giving Eggert, 50, access to cash and his wife’s vehicle, the Northwest Arkansas Times reported. Bob Devor also was accused of having a sexual relationship with Eggert, but the both denied the allegation.
Eggert pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to 30 years in prison as part of a plea bargain to avoid a potential life sentence for capital murder. Baustista turned state’s evidence against Eggert in 2009 in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
Devor’s attorney, Ron Woodruff, asked jurors for leniency, saying his client has already suffered the loss of his wife, his stepdaughter and his home on the family’s 770-acre farm. Woodruff said whatever Bob Devor did was in an effort to support his family.
"I didn’t intentionally do it," Bob Devor told the jury after the verdict was reached.
In his testimony Thursday, he said he didn’t believe his stepdaughter was guilty in the death of his wife.
"They have not proved to me that she killed her mother," he said. "I fully believed someone followed her home from the casino and knocked her in the head."
Authorities, using information from Baustista, found in April 2009 what they believe to be minuscule human remains, including charred bones and a couple of dental crowns, on the Devor farm near Cincinnati. Bautista pointed the finger at Eggert.
Pauline Devor’s body was never recovered.