by Larry Little
It was a relief for District Attorney Stephanie Stephens when she heard a guilty verdict in last week's James Kelly murder trial, but this is just the beginning for the DA. She has several pending cases for the murder of James Kelley.
Nacogdoches County District Attorney Stephanie Stephens spent hours taking notes and going over the evidence to build a case against Marcia Kelly, but she wasn't sure if it would be enough to convince the jury.
"I have to tell you I am a pessimist when I get in trial. I have no idea what the jury is thinking. I never know what they are thinking. I'm always afraid to be too confident about what I think. I try not to spend a lot of time focusing on what I think a jury is thinking, because it just ties you up in knots," says Stephanie Stephens.
The jury's guilty verdict pleased Stephens. "I think it was the right verdict, I think it was a just verdict," says Stephens.
This is just the beginning for Stephens. Several cases are pending in the James Kelly murder trial. "This is probably the first time I've tried four co-defendants in a case one at a time, so even though I'm done with Marcia Kelly's trial, I still have 3 co-defendants to try in the future," says Stephens.