Enid News and Eagle
Former Enid attorney Alec McNaughton has been sentenced to life in prison after a Coweta County (Ga.) Superior Court jury found him guilty of murdering his wife, Cathy Mendenhall McNaughton, on Feb. 15, 2009.
McNaughton was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault. He was sentenced to life in prison on both murder counts and sentenced to 20 years for aggravated assault, according to reports from the Times-Herald newspaper in Coweta County, which has been covering the investigation and trial.
A jury deliberated McNaughton’s fate for most of the day Tuesday before returning with a guilty verdict around 8:30 p.m.
The trial featured some interesting twists, including testimony from McNaughton’s ex-wives. McNaughton also testified in his own defense. The trial also referenced McNaughton’s time in Enid through that testimony.
The trial went through testimony about McNaughton’s alleged violent past with his ex-wives and others. The prosecution had alleged McNaughton killed his wife “in a fit of rage” at the couple’s rural home, then cleaned up the murder scene before leaving for another town to visit his mother.
The prosecution also alleged McNaughton tried to cover up the crime by coming back to the home later and calling authorities, saying he had found his wife murdered.
Enid residents familiar with McNaughton may get the chance to see the trial and case portrayed on television in the future. A television crew from the CBS TV program “48 Hours” filmed the trial for use as a possible future broadcast.