Jury finds man guilty of murdering his ex-fiance with a baseball bat

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EUGENE, Ore. -- A jury found a man guilty Tuesday of murdering his former fiance with a baseball bat just weeks after she broke off their engagement.

After only a half hour of deliberation, the jury returned their verdict that found Robert Cromwell guilty of murdering Casey Wright in her sleep back in November of 2013.

The defense in the Robert Cromwell murder trial rested its case Friday after calling only one witness to the stand. Cromwell then testified in his own defense.

Mugshot of Robert Cromwell 

Defense Attorney John Volmert urged jurors to consider the lesser charge of manslaughter, explaining the defendant suffered an extreme emotional disturbance after finding Wright had been texting other men. Jurors were asked to consider whether Cromwell's reaction to the discovery was typical under the circumstances.

"When an extremely disturbance engulfs you and sweeps over you and sweeps you away, how is an ordinary person going to act? Well it's hard to say,” said Volmert.

Prosecutor Erik Hasselman responded, saying "Why aren't 50 percent of people who are wronged in, or feel they're wronged in a relationship killing?"


Cromwell is facing life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 25 years. His sentencing is scheduled for Friday. 

This is a developing story. Watch KMTR NewsSource 16 for more as the case unfolds.