Studer Found Guilty of Double Murder

By: Kari Huston
By: Kari Huston

Gary Studer listened to a jury convict him of 1st degree felony murder just as straight- faced as he spent the entire trial. 12 Berrien County men and women say Studer is guilty on two 1st degree felony murder counts, and guilty of felony home invasion and felony firearms counts.

During the trial even gruesome crime scene and autopsy photos of his victims didn't seem to faze Studer. He admits that back in April of this year he shot his estranged wife, Tonya Goble Studer, four times in the head. He also fired 22 rounds into his mother-in-law's home, killing Vicky Dewey.

When Al Goble, Tonya’s father, was asked if he felt justice had been served he replied, “Yes, I do.” He went on to say that the trial has been very hard on the entire family.

Studer cannot receive the death penalty for his crimes, but he may get life in prison.

The victims' family says their primary concern is for the children Studer and his murdered wife leave behind. “We ask the community to pray for the children when they get back to the family,” says the victim’s sister, Kelly Stewart. “To pray for Vicky and for her family, and to know that now their souls are probably resting. It's hard to say, but Gary got his justice.”

The judge has not yet set a sentencing date for Gary Studer. A close relative is looking to get custody of the children. Then, perhaps a family torn apart from the inside can begin to find some peace.

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