Jury Finds Man Guilty in Deaths of Williams Couple

Sep 14, 2018

A jury has convicted a man of killing a couple and their dog in northern Arizona.

Derrick Barnett in Coconino County Superior Court last month.
Credit Loretta Yerian/Williams News

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that jurors found Derrick Barnett guilty Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder, animal cruelty and other charges.

The prosecution said Barnett was hard-pressed for money when he killed Michael and Norma Dimuria at their home in Williams in May 2017. He then stole money and a car from them and fled to Colorado where he was captured.

A sentencing date hasn't been set.

The prosecution had played a recorded call between Barnett and his mother in which he said he was ready to accept responsibility.

But Barnett's attorney told jurors that none of the testimony amounted to a confession of guilt.