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Robert Theodore Bosley guilty of first-degree murder

Family and friends of Kandi Gerber who had packed the courtroom in Westminster let out an audible sigh of relief Wednesday as a jury announced a guilty verdict for the man who murdered her last summer.

Robert Theodore Bosley, 39, had been accused of luring Gerber to a residence at 2000 Dennings Road in New Windsor where they both lived, slitting her throat, then disposing of the body with assistance from Gerber's boyfriend, Bret Michael Wheeler. Bosley was on work release at the time. After 4 1/2 days of testimony from witnesses, the jury returned guilty verdicts for Bosley on counts of first-degree murder, first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit both.

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First-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Bosley was found not guilty of carrying a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure.

Sentencing has been set for Aug. 24. The state will seek the maximum sentence, according to a news release from the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office.

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State's Attorney Brian DeLeonardo told the Times he appreciated the jury giving consideration to the evidence and that the jury came to a "just decision."

"This conviction represents just one step, but certainly a necessary one, in ultimately securing justice for Ms. Gerber, whose life was brutally ended," he said in a prepared statement in the release.

His attorneys put a lot of hours in and he was proud of the work that they did, DeLeonardo said. He also complimented the investigators on their work, saying it was a team effort.

Kandi Gerber's sister, Christie Gerber, said she was grateful for the hard work put in by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and the State's Attorney's Office, and happy with the verdict.

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"It's a big weight off our shoulders. We can sleep a little easier tonight," Gerber said.

And she said she thinks that Kandi Gerber is "probably resting more peacefully now."

The courtroom was full for the reading of the verdict, with detectives from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office who were involved in the case, members of the State's Attorney's Office and others who came in to watch the trial packed into the benches behind Gerber's family.

Two men sat on the benches behind the defense's trial table. As Bosley walked into the room, he made eye contact with the two men and held up his crossed fingers to them.

Joseph Murtha, one of Bosley's attorneys, said that he was saddened by the jury's findings and that Bosley would be appealing the case.

"[I'm] disappointed that the jury reached the conclusion of first-degree murder," Murtha said.

After 4 1/2 days of testimony, the case went to the jury Tuesday afternoon. The jury deliberated for nearly four hours before breaking for the night and reconvening Wednesday at 9 a.m. Just before noon Wednesday, the jury returned the guilty verdict.

Circuit Court Chief prosecutor Allan Culver called Gerber's death "brutal, vicious and senseless" during closing arguments Tuesday.

Jurors saw graphic photos of Gerber's injuries, including multiple cuts to her throat, during the trial; watched a videotaped interview of Bosley with Sheriff's Office detectives in which he said Gerber killed herself; and heard from a medical examiner who testified Gerber's death was not a suicide.

"He beat Kandi Gerber. He strangled her. He cut her throat 12 times," Culver said during closing arguments.

Culver also asked the jury to consider a statement made to a fellow inmate on work release, who testified Bosley said if it was who he thought it was that made the call to say he was violating his work release, he was going to "kill that b----." Gerber was the person who had made that call.

Murtha had argued for voluntary manslaughter, saying that something happened when Bosley confronted Gerber in the basement of 2000 Dennings Road on Aug. 8 that led to her death, but that it was not premeditated murder.

Wheeler, who is charged with murder in Gerber's death and is accused of conspiring with Bosley to kill her, refused to testify during Bosley's trial, even after Judge Barry Hughes signed a motion at an April 17 hearing prior to the start of the trial compelling him to do so. Wheeler was found in criminal contempt of court on Monday, and Hughes sentenced him to 179 days in the Carroll County Detention Center.

Wheeler's trial on murder and other charges in connection with Gerber's death is scheduled to begin May 15.

heather.mongilio@carrollcountytimes.com

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