A jury took just over an hour to convict an Oregon woman in the murder of her 4 year old son who was killed because she thought he was gay.
Jessica Dutro showed little emotion when the verdict was read and she was found guilty of murder as well as five counts of murder by abuse and one count of second-degree assault.
Her son, Zachary Dutro-Boggess, died in August 2012 after a severe beating. His intestines were ruptured in two places but his parents did not call 911 until two days later.
He was already dying when he arrived at a Portland hospital and was taken off life support two days after that.
Dutro’s boyfriend, Brian Canady, had previously pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault. He will serve 12 and a half years in prison as part of a plea deal for testifying against Dutro.
Prosecutors had told the jury that Facebook messages between Dutro and Canady showed why they had beaten him.
In one message Dutro used a homophobic slur to describe her son, adding, ‘He walks and talks like it. Ugh.’
Dutro then wrote that Canady would have to ‘work on’ Zachary.
But the most damaging evidence against Dutro came from her own daughter who told a counselor: ‘They beat my brother up, then he died. I seen them.’