Cathy Torrez was murdered over a hickey: Should Samuel Lopez have gotten life? Jurors sided with prosecutors, who said Roberts made up the story as part of a convoluted plot to frame her ex-husband, the Associated Press reports. Senseless killing: Tracey Richter Roberts faces life in prison without parole in Iowa which has no death sentence. or debate this issue live on our message boards. Title: Tracey Richter Case No. Wehde's family also spoke at the hearing. The Iowa Court of Appeals said its review of Tracey Richter's case found “substantial evidence” from which jurors could conclude that her killing of 20-year-old Dustin Wehde was not justified. Prosecutors also said Roberts made up the report of a second intruder. AFFIRMED. She then shot him nine times with two guns. August 14’s episode of Dateline tells the story of Tracey Ann Richter, who is currently serving life in prison after being convicted of the first-degree murder of Dustin Wehde. Point blank range: Tracey Roberts, now 45, left, fired nine shots from two guns into Dustin Wehde, right, in 2001 - a 20-year-old neighbour who died on the floor of her bedroom. Dustin's mother, Mona Wehde, said she has struggled with depression and alcoholism since her son's death. 'I would rather spend the rest of my life in jail for a crime I didn't commit and have my three children alive then lose one of my children and be free," said Roberts, who lived in Omaha, Nebraska, before her trial. Iowa has no death penalty. 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She apologised to Wehde's mother and for the pain his death has caused. or debate this issue live on our message boards. Seen through the middle of the heart is the gravestone of his father, Brett, who committed suicide at that spot the year after his son's death. Ten years later, a different county attorney, upon learning a new piece of information, charged Richter with murder in the first degree. Defense attorney Robert Powers is at right. She was convicted on November 7 of first degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. A woman convicted of killing her northwest Iowa neighbour as part of an elaborate plot to frame her husband maintained her innocence Monday as she was sentenced to life in prison during an emotional hearing. They said Richter shot Wehde to keep him quiet. Sandy Aschinger, a victim witness coordinator, read her statement, which recounted the fun times the siblings had shared. On July 26, 2011, 45 year old Tracey Ann Richter was arrested for the murder of 20 year old Dustin Wehde – a crime she is alleged to have committed nearly ten years earlier.Initially, Richter was hailed as a hero. Remembered: The grave site for Dustin Wehde in Holstein, Iowa. 5 BY MR. BANDSTRA: Her story was shared nation-wide in 2002, when she appeared on "The Montel Williams Show." Her story was shared nation-wide in 2002, when she appeared on “The Montel Williams Show.” In June 2012, from prison, Tracey Richter appeared on a "Dateline NBC" two-hour special on the Dustin Wehde murder case. Richter stated she shot Wehde in self-defense during a home invasion. In 2001, Roberts fired nine shots from two guns into Dustin Wehde, a 20-year-old neighbor who died on the floor of her bedroom. Wehde was found slumped at the bottom of a bed at Tracey and Michael Roberts’ home in a pool of blood. To correspondent Dennis Murphy, she stuck to her story of self-defense. A bullet had gone through his head and out of his eye socket. Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, Kyle Hanson, Assistant Attorney General, Ben Smith, County Attorney, and Doug Hammerand, Assistant County Attorney, for appellee. Initially, Richter was hailed as a hero. Top fitness trainer JOANNA HALL'S 30-day exercise plan to kickstart your New Year, I can help you kick your health woes away! "In August 2011, Tracey Ann Richter was charged with first-degree murder and was convicted by a jury in November 2011. On July 26, 2011, 45 year old Tracey Ann Richter was arrested for the murder of 20 year old Dustin Wehde - a crime she is alleged to have committed nearly ten years earlier. 'You killed his hopes and dreams,' said Ashley Pingree, Wehde's 24-year-old sister. This photo released July 27, 2011, by the Iowa Department of Public Safety shows Tracey Ann Richter-Roberts. A trial information was filed against her in Sac County almost ten years later on August 5, 2011, charging her with murder in the first degree. Tracey and Michael appeared on the Montel Williams show claiming self-defense in the shooting death of Wehde. Roberts was involved in a custody fight at the time, and prosecutors said she was trying to gain an advantage before an upcoming hearing to keep from losing her son and $1,000-a-month child support payments. Wehde's other sister, Brianna Wehde, 21, was too overcome to testify. In December 2001, Tracey Richter shot and killed Dustin Wehde in her home. On July 26, 2011, 45 year old Tracey Ann Richter was arrested for the murder of 20 year old Dustin Wehde – a crime she is alleged to have committed nearly ten years earlier. She appeared on national television soon after the shooting, telling how she killed Wehde to protect herself and her three children. Tracey Ann Richter-Roberts, shown in a July 27 photo. Roberts said she plans to appeal. 'All I know is what I experienced that night and that I was defending my family from two people and Dustin was one of them,' Roberts said. She claimed she acted in self-defence and was hailed a hero by some gun rights advocates and TV personality Montel Williams, who applauded her story on national television. Tracey Ann Richter appeals from her conviction of first-degree murder. She was arrested in July in Omaha after the case was reopened. Prosecutors said Roberts killed Wehde with nine shots to keep him quiet about his role in a plot to frame her ex-husband.The last three shots were to the back of gthe head as he lay wounded. Tracey Richter Roberts, 45, claimed she shot 20-year-old Dustin Wehde in her home in 2001 after he and another man broke in and strangled her with pantyhose. But jurors in … The two shared two young children. I don't deserve to have to live my life with this pain, without my child.'. But she added: 'I didn't murder your son.'. Her lawyer announced that the convicted killer had filed an appeal. They said she lured him to her home then had him write in a notebook that her ex-husband hired him to kill her and her son. Tracey Richter, 48, is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the 2001 death of 20-year-old Dustin Wehde in Early. No comments have so far been submitted. Mark C. Smith, State Appellate Defender, and Theresa R. Wilson, Assistant Appellate Defender, for appellant. John Grazioli shot his wife, Amanda Schmitt, Donnie Rudd murdered his teenage bride, Noreen Kumeta, Murder of Dawn Sandoval by ex-husband Michael Encinias investigated on The Murder Tapes, Savage murders of Bodhi Potter and Christopher Thompson by Collin McGlaughlin examined on ID, Shocking murder of Theresa Dalessio by Randy Whitacre investigated on ID. Prosecutors maintained there was no home invasion and Tracey Richter, now 45, killed Dustin Wehde to keep him quiet about his role in a convoluted plot to frame her ex-husband. Tonight on Dateline NBC, “Twisted,” the story of Tracey Ann Richter, will be investigated. … Play it now. Dustin Wehde Richter convicted of murder Hero claim rejected, Iowa mom guilty of murder Iowa mom gets life in prison in neighbor's death Richter gets life in 2001 slaying Richter sends letters to sex offender Convicted Iowa murderer Tracey Richter allowed to see kids Lawyers for convicted killer Tracey Richter will argue for a new… 'Not one day I don't envision my son's body, see his blood,' she said. In the episode, there are interviews with Richter as well as with her son Bit Pitman and more. On June 1, 2012, Dateline NBC aired a two-hour episode titled "Twisted", about the 2001 shooting death of Early resident Dustin Wehde. 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Richter was not charged at that time. It was originally thought that Wehde broke into Roberts’ home with an accomplice and attacked her before she broke free, made it to a gun safe in her bedroom and fired two pistols to fend them off. Frank Spencer murder: Would you marry into a family with mob connections? She … Her son Bert appeared on the show to back up her account of the shooting. … At the time, Richter was separated from her second husband, Michael Roberts. 'He did not deserve to be so cruelly taken. August 14’s episode of Dateline tells the story of Tracey Ann Richter, who is currently serving life in prison after being convicted of the first-degree murder of Dustin Wehde. By Associated Press Updated: 04:35 EST, 6 December 2011. Initially, Richter was hailed as a hero. https://heavy.com/entertainment/2020/08/tracey-ann-richter-now-sentence We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Farm Heroes Saga, the #4 Game on iTunes. Richter shot and killed Dustin Wehde on December 13, 2001 after discharging nine bullets from two weapons. House: This photo shows the home of Tracey Roberts in Early, Iowa, the scene of the bloody slaying. Why not be the first to send us your thoughts, American Monster travels to the small town of Early, Iowa, to investigate a bizarre plot by Tracey Richter to frame her ex-husband for murder, which involved her shooting dead Dustin Wehde. Defense attorney Robert Powers is at right. 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