Jury finds Marty Roe guilty of murdering Lexington doctor

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A jury has found a man guilty of murdering a Lexington doctor nearly two years ago.

Along with murder, the jury also convicted Marty Roe of tampering with physical evidence and harassing communications.

The verdict was read just before 8 p.m. Wednesday. It came after four hours of deliberations at the Fayette County Courthouse.

Police say Roe shot Dr. Martha Post outside her Lexington practice in September 2011.

It was the verdict Dr. Post's family had hoped for. They said six days of testimony had taken its toll on them, with the defense accusing Dr. Post's husband, Dr. Robert Truitt, of setting up her murder.

"It was terribly hard to hear the defense falsely accuse an innocent man, my brother-in-law and good friend, of facilitating a murder," Charlie Post, Dr. Post's brother, said.

During the sentencing phase, Dr. Post's daughter, Caitlin, told the courtroom what it meant to lose her mother nearly two years ago.

"I'm 22 and I'm still not ready to not have my mom," Caitlin Truitt said.

Charlie Post said while the verdict doesn't do anything else to ease the pain of his sister's death, it may do some good.

"Others will be safe from the defendant's haunting, stalking, threatening, murderous obsession," Post said.

The jury recommended life in prison on the murder charge, and five years for the tampering charge. That's the maximum penalty for each.

Roe is scheduled to be sentenced on October 17.

During the trial, the defense contended the murder of Post was a conspiracy saying Roe was the perfect fall guy. They claimed it made no sense that if Roe had killed Post, he wouldn't have left the murder weapon in the engine compartment of his vehicle and they said there's no way to tell whether or not person seen in surveillance video was Roe.

The defense had said Marty Roe was guilty of harassing communications, but not murder. The Commonwealth said Roe was driven to kill Dr. Post after being obsessed with her. They say there's no evidence of a conspiracy, or that Dr. Truitt wanted her dead.

Earlier Wednesday, the defense called its final witnesses in the trial, including Dr. Post's husband, Dr. Robert Truitt.

In the opening statements last week, the defense claimed that it was Truitt who would have benefited from Dr. Post's death. The defense asked him about Dr. Post's insurance. Truitt said he was unaware that Post had taken out any extra insurance during the year of her murder.

He said he was sure that he talked with one of Dr. Post's employee physicians, Dr. Sarah Smith, about how to handle patients in the days after her murder.

Smith testified that Dr. Truitt had told her over the phone after the murder that he hoped Roe would commit suicide, and if not, knew some bad people who could take care of him and that he had an unregistered gun that police didn't know about.

"Do you recall telling Dr. Smith one, that you had an unregistered gun, and two, that you knew someone who could fix Marty?" defense attorney Robert Friedman asked Truitt.

"No," Truitt replied.

"Is that something you might have forgotten or are you saying that you deny it?" Friedman asked.

"I deny saying that I knew someone who could fix Marty," Truitt said.

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