On the same day Steven Blaylock was convicted of murdering his wife, the sister of his victim filed suit Thursday, seeking to prevent him from inheriting any of the proceeds from her estate.
Bend attorney Lawrence Erwin filed the request for declaratory judgment "to disinherit slayer" in Deschutes County Circuit Court on behalf of Cindy Wright, listed as the personal representative of Lori Blaylock?s estate.
The three-page filing notes that Steven Blaylock usually would inherit 100 percent of the estate of his wife, whose body was never found. However, it notes that Steven Blaylock is now ?a slayer? as defined in state law, due to his conviction Thursday.
Wright said the goal is to make sure that Steven Blaylock will not be able to inherit anything of Lori's that was put in his name.
The attorney's filing quoted the state statute that outlines how any property that would have gone to ?a slayer or an abuser? of the victim should instead go the family estate as if that person had died first.
A year to the day after his arrest, a jury found Steven Blaylock guilty Thursday of murdering his wife, even though her body was never found.
"God bless the jurors for seeing what we saw all along," Cindy Wright said tearfully outside the courtroom, moments after the verdict. "It's not over. Our lives are forever changed by this."
I spoke with the convicted killer by phone shortly after he heard the jury's verdict. He told me he couldn't say much about the verdict because of his sentencing, set for next Thursday, but he did say: "Today was the worst day of my life."
Blaylock also said to tell his family he loved them and thank them for their support.
Just six hours after beginning deliberations, the jury Thursday found Steven Blaylock guilty of murder and not a lesser, manslaughter charge, rejecting his claim that he killed his wife, Lori "Woody" Blaylock, in self-defense during a violent struggle.
It was standing room only in the courtroom when the verdict was read. Detectives and forensic scientists who worked so tirelessly on the case were among the crowd.
The jury, which began its work at 8:30 a.m., announced less than six hours later it had reached a verdict after nearly three weeks of testimony in the closely watched case.
The guilty verdict came despite lack of a body, as Blaylock disposed of his wife's body in the North Santiam River, where repeated searches failed to find her remains.
Adler set sentencing for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.
DA Patrick Flaherty said the prosecution will be seeking life in prison for the 47-year-old.
"They get to go see their son in jail," said Wright, the victim's sister, clutching a small pink unicorn. "I'll never get to see my sister, and my daughter will never see her aunt again."
Wright was clenching a small pink stuffed unicorn that her sister gave her as she talked to NewsChannel 21.
She said Lori loved unicorns and always had them with her, so she brought it to court Thursday for good luck.
"In my mind, she'll never be Lori Blaylock. She'll always be Lori Wright," she said.
As for the now-convicted killer, Wright said, "He's behind bars, and I never had a doubt that's where he deserved to be."
"I hope she knew she was loved," she said. "I don't think she knew she was as loved by as many people as she was."
Flaherty said in a news release that his office will be requesting a sentence of life in prison.
"The Bend Police Department did an extraordinary job both in investigating this difficult 'no body' murder case and in assisting our office in preparing for trial," Flaherty wrote. "Lead BPD Detective Pat Hartley worked with Deputy District Attorney Kandy Gies, the lead prosecutor on the case, seven days a week for the last three weeks to make the voluminous evidence presentable to the jury.
"This was a superlative team effort that involved several detectives from Bend Police Department and several lawyers, trial assistants and victim?s advocates in the District Attorney?s Office.
"To say that we are grateful for the hard work that the jury of 12 did on this case, including the two alternates who did not take part in the deliberations, would be an understatement," the DA concluded.