Former Pike County EMT guilty in double-murder case.

Author: Evansville Courier & Press

PETERSBURG, Ind. - Former Pike County paramedic Christopher Helsley was found guilty on Friday of murdering two of his co-workers at the Pike County ambulance station last year.

Helsley, 24, faces life without the possibility of parole. The jury, which was picked from Knox County but heard the case in Pike County, will begin deliberating a sentence recommendation on Monday at 8 a.m.

Pike Circuit Court Judge Lee Baker will take the jury's recommendation under advisement before issuing a sentence at a later time.

On Friday, the jury took less than three hours to find Helsley guilty.

A forensic expert testified on Thursday that the victims, Brad Maxwell and Marsha Rainey, were killed between 10:30 p.m. on April 18 and 5 a.m. on April 19. The bodies were found around 7 a.m. on April 19.

Helsley took the stand in his own defense on Thursday and emphatically denied killing his co-workers. He said he left the ambulance shelter near Campbelltown, Ind., sometime around 8:30 p.m. on April 18 and traveled to the Wal-Mart store in Jasper, Ind.

A receipt and canceled check were introduced into evidence and both indicated that Helsley checked out at Wal-Mart at 9:59 p.m.

Helsley said he later went to Burger King before returning home around 11 p.m.

A state police firearms expert testified shell casings found at the crime scene were fired from gun components found in Helsley's car. Ed Wessel testified that shell casings at the scene matched an unfired cartridge found in Helsley's home. One of the casings found at the slaying scene was from a somewhat rare World War II-era cartridge, and a similar cartridge was found in Helsley's home, Wessel testified.

State police Sgt. James Dotson, lead technician on the case, said six spent .45-caliber shell casings were found at the crime scene. One of those was marked "RA42" and the other five were marked "Federal." A similar "Federal" bullet, which was unfired, was found under the driver's seat of Helsley's car, Dotson said.

Maxwell, 22, sustained three shots to the head, neck and shoulder. Rainey, 44, was shot twice in the head and once in the back of her right hand. Both victims were shot at close range, according to trial testimony.