Exclusive: Blaylock Talks to NewsChannel 21
Says From Jail He Didn't Call 911 Because 'I Had a Dead Wife On My Hands'
Steven Blaylock will likely be transported to prison in just a matter of days, where he'll spend the rest of his life, unless he wins an appeal or some future parole board (at least a quarter-century from now) lets him out.
But the killer had one more court appearance Friday morning.
Blaylock's attorneys filed a motion to get back to him some of the personal items police seized.
But the motion was set over until late December -- Deschutes County Circuit Judge Michael Adler, who sentenced Blaylock Thursday, says he needs more information.
The convicted murderer has called our NewsChannel 21 newsroom, asking to talk to me several times now.
But by far the most interesting words he shared with her were after his sentencing.
"Everybody made a big deal about me putting her in the river," said Blaylock. "Yes that was stupid, but after the accident, I had some decisions to make. And, believe it or not, that was her wishes."
Steven Blaylock says he never planned to talk about why he put his wife's body in the North Santiam River at his sentencing Thursday.
But he says the words of Lori Blaylock's sister, Cindy Wright, cut him so deeply, he went off-script in his statement to the court.
Wright told Blaylock in court he was a coward
"I got caught off-guard by the way I was battered by the sister and how she made up, you ask anybody, those two hadn't had a relationship in. ... She talked like they were the best friends in the world, how they had this great bond," said Blaylock.
Wright wrote to me in a statement that Steven, "in the act of a true psychopath, has to get the last words and make it all about himself."
But Blaylock says the only true account of what happened the night Lori died was in his letter to his cousin-in-law, written from jail last December.
"Why didn't you call 911? I asked Blaylock -- a question so many have asked since his arrest
"I didn't know she was dead or seriously hurt -- she got back up once, and attacked me once," he replied.
He had told me he left the room after he pushed off the bed, so I asked him this, "But then afterward, when you went back in?"
"I was scared, I had a dead wife on my hands," said Blaylock.
Blaylock says his wife was alive before he pushed her off the bed -- and dead after.
But he says he has no idea how she actually died, telling me she could have had a brain aneurysm, or even died of natural causes.
"The DA still doesn't know how she died, he came up with some theory of how she died, okay?" said Blaylock. "And even though the jury bought it, bought into his theory, there's no proof of that."
For prosecutors, no body meant they couldn't prove how Lori Blaylock died.
But that didn't stop the jury from handing down a guilty verdict after only six hours of deliberation, and it didn't stop from putting Blaylock behind bars for life.
So my last question to the convicted murderer before he's shipped off to the prison was this:
"So obviously, you think your sentence is incredibly unfair?"
"It's absolutely unfair, it's ridiculous," he told me. "Mackenzie, or Miss Wilson, whatever -- I was defending myself that night and I'm not going to back down from that."
Refusing to let Blaylock have those last words he craves -- Cindy Wright wrote to me that she found it ironic that the day justice was heard was also the first snow here in Central Oregon, because Lori loved the snow.
These were Cindy's final words not to Steven, but to everyone who loved "Woody":
"May Lori be skipping where ever she is -- and let it snow."
(To read her full statement, see the sentencing story, the first of the many links below from a year-plus of NewsChannel 21 coverage of this case.)
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