FORT EDWARD, N.Y. - A Washington County jury has found Matthew Slocum guilty for killing three relatives with a shotgun then setting their White Creek home on fire last July.
24-year-old Slocum was found guilty Thursday afternoon on all seven charges against him, including arson and three counts of second-degree murder for killing his mother 44-year-old Lisa Harrington, his stepfather 41-year-old Dan Harrington, and stepbrother 24-year-old Joshua O'Brien. The three were found shot to death and the home they all lived in together set on fire on July 13, 2011.
Slocum then fled the state with his girlfriend, Lorette Colegrove, and their baby. They were found later that day in New Hampshire. Slocum was arrested the day of the incident after a multistate manhunt.
Closing arguments began Thursday morning and the jury deliberated for only two hours before finding him guilty.
In court on Wednesday, Slocum testified and confessed to setting their home on fire, but contested that his girlfriend, Loretta Colgrove, was the one who shot the three victims.
Slocum faces 75 years to life in prison for the three counts of second-degree murder. He was also found guilty of possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence.