Gallery: Adam Matos guilty in brutal Hudson quadruple-murder
A day after Adam Matos described in grisly detail how he killed four people in Hudson in 2014, a jury responded Thursday by taking less than two hours to find him guilty.
Douglas R. Clifford, Tampa Bay Times
Published Nov. 17, 2017|Updated Nov. 17, 2017
Matos, 32, sat stonefaced as the verdicts were read in a tense courtroom under the watch of the victims’ family members. From the gallery came the sobs of women.
“The worst part is over,” Leonard’s mother, Paula Rystrom, told those around her, afterward.
The defendant had stunned courtroom spectators by confessing from the witness stand Wednesday, and he kept talking Thursday outside the earshot of deliberating jurors to create an additional record, apparently for appellate purposes.
“It was the worst day of my life, a horrible experience, like a nightmare I couldn’t wake up from,” he said, responding to questions from one of his attorneys, Dillon Vizcarra.