BATH - At around 10 a.m. Thursday, the jury in the Thomas Clayton murder case came back with guilty verdicts on two counts of murder in the death of his wife Kelley Stage Clayton.
Clayton was charged with first-and second-degree murder in the September 2015 killing of his wife. Prosecutors said Thomas Clayton hired a former employee, Michael Beard, to kill his wife.
Beard was convicted of first-degree murder-for-hire and two counts of second-degree murder in November 2016.
While instructing the jury, Judge Peter Bradstreet explained that for Clayton to be guilty of first-degree murder in this case, he must have intentionally hired someone to kill his wife, in exchange for something of “pecuniary value” -- basically, something worth money.
For him to be guilty of second-degree murder in the case, he must have intentionally worked in concert with someone else to bring about his wife’s death.