EXCLUSIVE:Family Members of "Critterman" Speak About Verdict
From Montgomery -- A former doctor has been found guilty of capital murder for paying money to have a well-known animal trapper known as "Skip the Critterman" killed. For the first time since the murder, the family is speaking out exclusively with Alabama News Network.
David Nash was carried out in handcuffs after the verdict was read. Since he is convicted of capital murder and the death penalty has been taken off the table, he will spend life in prison without parole.
The family of Ralph "the Critterman" McNeill broke down with tears of joy.
"We are very pleased with the outcome, and we called some family, and they are very pleased," says McNeill's family member Lane Copeland. "We are super proud and super thankful for the state doing a great job."
Prosecutors say Nash conspired with his then-girlfriend and McNeill's ex-girlfriend Serena English to pay cousins Kindall and Jeremy Riley to kill McNeill in January 2011. Prosecutors say the murder stemmed over a custody battle. McNeill and English's son was a year old when McNeill's body was found shot and stabbed multiple times in west Montgomery.
"We are very pleased with the verdict of course," says prosecutor Kenny Gibbs. "The family is happy, and we are just glad to have this behind us."
The Critterman's sister Teresa McNeill testified this week.
"I am just thankful it's over," she says. "It's been horrific. It's been a long 31months. Very long for my family."
Teresa McNeill says it's been hard on the family, and when asked what her brother is thinking about today's verdict, all she had were tears. She says no matter what the verdict was, she can never bring her brother back.
Nash's attorneys tell me they are going to fight this verdict and are disappointed. They say they are filing an appeal immediately.
No sentencing date has been set for Nash.
English and Jeremy Riley have plead guilty to playing a part in McNeill's murder. Jurors could not reach a verdict in Kindall Riley's trial. He will go back to court in December.