Man Guilty of Killing Ex-Girlfriend
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ A New Hampshire man was convicted of first-degree murder Friday, hours after he adamantly denied shooting his ex-girlfriend in front of their children at a crowded bus stop.
``I did not kill my children’s mother, I didn’t do it,″ said Richard Kenney, who acted as his own attorney.
After 2 1/2 hours of deliberation, jurors returned a guilty verdict. He was immediately sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus an additional four to five years for a firearms possession conviction.
Prosecutors had said Kenney, of Derry, N.H., drove to the spot in Lowell where 23-year-old Annie Glenn was waiting for a school bus with her three children _ 4- and 5-year-old boys and a 2-year-old girl _ and opened fire as more than a dozen schoolchildren looked on.
He claimed he was not at the scene when Glenn was gunned down on Oct. 21, 1997.
In closing arguments, Kenney tried to cast doubt on the government’s case _ including a confession he gave police and statements made by his children.
Prosecutors said the two boys identified Kenney as the shooter, saying ``Daddy shot Mommy.″
Kenney charged that authorities coerced the children into accusing him and tried to frame him.
Prosecutor Thomas O’Reilly said Kenney shot Glenn in a ``cold-blooded execution″ because she had left him. ``She was going to leave him. No one leaves Richard Kenney,″ he said. ``He blew her away in front of her kids.″