Aaron Null convicted in death of wife, Brynn

Aaron Null, whose wife Brynn Null has been missing from Capron, Illinois since 2002, has been convicted of murder. (Actually, that was ten days ago, but I didn’t find out till now.) The jury deliberated for less than three hours; this article says it was two and a half hours. Aaron faces 20 to 60 years in prison at sentencing, which will be in February.

In spite of the difficulty of obtaining a conviction in a body-less homicide, it seems to be getting easier. Perhaps it’s just me, but I’ve noticed a lot of MWAB (Murder Without A Body) convictions lately after only a very short period of deliberation. Like, in the Logan Tucker case, the jury deliberated less than two hours before convicting his mother of murder. In Brynn’s case, the police did find some blood, and there was a history of domestic violence between Brynn and Aaron with orders of protection obtained and charges filed, but there was no confession and no witnesses, and not enough blood to prove death. It sounds like a steep order, but the prosecution seems to have had no trouble convincing the jury to see it their way. Yet I can think of many similar MWAB cases in years past where, on approximately the same evidence, the jury either hung or voted for an acquittal. Hmm. I wonder if anything has changed.