While lawyers were quick to comment on the case, the family wasn't as forthcoming. Deanna Laney's sister and parents left the courthouse quickly and quietly, not wanting to speak. Her husband, Keith Laney, met with prosecutors immediately following the verdict, but also left without comment. He did, however, allow a representative of his church to comment for the family.
"It's been a very difficult process, a very long process for the family," said Paul Boyd of the First Assembly of God in Tyler. "I think at this point what the family wants everybody to know is that we appreciate the service of the jurors, the district attorney, the defense attorneys, everyone, Judge Kent, that was involved in the process. Right now, I think the family is just trying to absorb what happened and to just reflect on this last week. It's been a very long week. I think the family is doing very well. It's a family of very deep faith, and their faith I think has seen them through this, but as you can imagine, it's been a tough time."
Mr. Boyd said their was a strong feeling of relief with the family. Not necessarily relief over the verdict, rather relief that this portion of the process is over. Pastor Gary Bell of the First Assembly of God said he doesn't plan to talk specifically about the trial Sunday at church services, but will adress the idea of general healing.
Kevin Berns reporting.
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