James Stidd, who was found guilty of killing Olympia woman Gail Doyle last week, will be sentenced at 9 a.m. July 9 in Thurston County Superior Court.
During that hearing, Judge Carol Murphy could take into consideration something the jury decided after they found Stidd guilty on all charges, including second-degree murder.
Stidd was convicted Thursday afternoon, but the jury had to go back to work to .consider two aggravating factors: Was Stidd deliberately cruel to the victim? And did he show an egregious lack of remorse?
The jury split on those two factors, deciding that he did not act with deliberate cruelty, but he did show a lack of remorse, Thurston County Deputy Prosecutor Scott Jackson said Monday.
Despite the split decision, Judge Murphy could use the jury's finding in her decision on whether to sentence Stidd to time in prison beyond the standard range, Jackson said.
Jackson said he met with the jury late Thursday. Jurors didn't believe they had enough information to determine whether he had acted with deliberate cruelty, Jackson said.
Stidd, a previously convicted felon and a Doyle family friend, reappeared in Doyle's life in May 2016. They were last seen at the Boulevard Tavern in Olympia on June 2, 2016. Stidd claimed to have dropped her off in front of Aztec Lanes on Martin Way that same night.
Stidd was arrested that month in Ritzville, not far from Spokane. A warrant for Stidd’s arrest was issued after detectives found evidence at his Longhorn Loop home, south of the Olympia Regional Airport, linking him to Doyle’s disappearance.
Police found a note hanging on the front door that indicated Stidd had gone on vacation. Inside, officers and crime scene technicians located several bloody areas on the garage floor, according to court documents.
A hammer was found on a work bench in the garage. The head of the hammer tested positive for blood and was wrapped in several blond hairs, according to court documents.
Investigators searched for Doyle's body at an Eastern Washington landfill. Thurston County Sheriff’s Office investigators were confident at the time that Stidd left Doyle’s body at a Thurston County transfer station and that her remains were later transported to the landfill.
But her remains were never found.