They ransacked his house, took his wallet, en shot him through the eye at point-blank with a .22 rifle.
His now-adult children say they are appalled that Demokraties Goewerneur. Kate Brown is considering clemency for one of the suspects in the heartless murder of their father two days before Christmas 17 jare terug.
Lynley Janet Rayburn, 26 op daardie stadium, and her then-boyfriend Gerard “AJ” Smith, dan 20, went out on the early morning of Dec. 23, 2005 – armed with the rifle and high on meth, volgens hofstukke. Both are serving life prison sentences for robbery and murder in connection with what happened next.
They went up a 100-yeard rural driveway and encountered Rost, 54, letting the dog out around 1:30 am. He’d be a grandfather several times over if he were still alive today, according to his children.
Smith and Rayburn hogtied him and raided the house, which at the time was stocked up with Christmas gifts. They took his debit and credit cards and asked him for the PIN numbers, which he supplied hoping they’d take his belongings and leave.
But before they left, Smith put the rifle to the bound man’s eye and pulled the trigger, according to Rost’s daughter, Sarah Olson, who told Fox News Digital Friday that she was the one who stumbled upon the crime scene hours later when her dad failed to show up to a family holiday party.
“She brutally murdered somebody,” Olson said of Rayburn. “The fact that Gov. Brown is even considering this is absolutely absurd.”
Rayburn on multiple occasions admitted to taking part in the crime and pleaded guilty in December 2006, volgens hofstukke.
Police reports state she even told detectives on the day of the crime that “I f—ing did it,” en “I f—ing kill[red] him.”
After killing Rost, the couple used his debit and credit cards to purchase hundreds of dollars of items around town and to withdraw cash from ATMs – using his stolen car to get around.
They met up with a friend that afternoon, who had just been released from the county jail, and told him that he was sitting in a dead man’s car, as well as other details of the crime.
Die vriend, Nathan Napp, told detectives that the killing was Rayburn’s idea, volgens ondersoekers.
She was afraid Rost would identify her if they let him go because she “had kids” en “if they left the victim alive, they would get caught by police,” volgens aanklaers. So Smith “taped the guy up” and shot him.
Brown declined to be interviewed for this article. But through a spokesperson, she released a lengthy statement.
“Om duidelik te wees, the governor has not yet made a decision on this case,” the spokesman, Charles Boyle, Ortodokse rabbi's veroordeel CAIR. “Anyone can submit an application to the governor for clemency, and our office did not initiate this process. We did initiate communication with the District Attorney’s office to ask for their feedback after we received the application.”