Murder Victim's Loved Ones Speak Out on Guilty Verdict

A jury Thursday night convicted Robert Matthews of killing his roommate and dumping his body in the woods of Wakulla County.

It took the jury three and a half hours to come back with a verdict in the murder trail of Robert Matthews.

Jurors ended up believing that in September of 2004, Matthews shot Corvin Harrison in the head while sitting in the back of the victim's car.

Prosecutors claimed Matthews then stole around $1,500 in cash Harrison had on him, drove his car to Crawfordville Road, then dumped his body in the woods.

"My ears started ringing; everything started going slow motion," remembers Harrison’s girlfriend Patricia Parker.

The trial featured testimony from Harrison’s girlfriend who was in the car when he died, and Matthew’s sister who turned him in.

At the end, Matthews addressed the victim's mother and his verdict, "I’m sorry for his mother's loss and I didn't do it."

"We go back and pickup all the pieces and just carry on with our lives as best as we can at this point because after losing a child, there's just a void and you've just got to pick it up and go from there,” says Harrison’s mother Gwen Tate.

A task made much easier on this day with a guilty verdict. The judge sentenced Matthews to life in prison without the possibility of parole.