Supervisor calls day 'sad'

"Within a few hours of the crime taking place, the Bethlehem police worked with outside agencies," Egan said.

In recent months, two members of the police force have died. John Cox died after a long illness, and Anthony Arduini was fatally stricken after returning from a walk one evening.

"A murder investigation like this puts pressure on any department," Egan said. "It means there are not as many people on hand. Add to that the death of two men who had a combination of 60 years' experience. This department has been under a lot of stress and has done an admirable job. They have withstood insults, kept their eyes on the end game, and let the DA do his job. This verdict brings a sigh of relief."

Egan said she is looking forward to having all of the police force back in Bethlehem.

She also said that the case was at a point where "it needed to be decided."

"It was all anyone could talk about," she said. "For anyone related to the case, it's been a draining 18 months."

Still, Egan said it's not a day of extreme joy.

"We have one man who is dead, another who could be going to jail for life, and one woman who is severely injured," Egan said.


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