A quadruple murderer sniveled and sobbed as he was sentenced to death for murdering his girlfriend, her two young children, and her mother.
Richard Darren Emery, 50, appeared full of contrition Tuesday as Judge Michael Fagras convicted him of the December 2018 murders of Kate Kasten, 39, her two children Zoe, eight, Jonathan, 10, and Kasten’s 61 year-old mother Jane Moeckel.
Speaking through tears, Emery, of St Charles in Missouri, moaned: ‘I’m the one that apparently is sick.
‘I don’t know. They didn’t deserve me. I most definitely didn’t deserve them. They were the best thing that ever happened to me and as usual, I screwed it up.’
Emery’s lawyer had unsuccessfully pleaded for him to be spared execution – and even asked the Judge Fargas to ‘choose life’ when sentencing the brute.
He gunned-down Kasten after she told him to leave his house during an argument about the killer not praising Jonathan sufficiently for building a Lego set, and claims he was also annoyed they hadn’t had sex much in the run-up to the killings.
The cold blooded killer then slaughtered her mother and children at point-blank range to exterminate witnesses. They’d heard Kasten being shot and barricaded themselves in a hotel room in an unsuccessful attempt to escape his bloodlust.
After murdering his four victims, Emery – who is bisexual – shot at a police officer and stabbed a woman seven times after carjacking her.
He also claimed to have been ‘frustrated’ at the time of the killing, after Kasten repeatedly refused him sex because her menstrual cycle had left her moody.
Emery also moaned that he was jealous of Kasten’s previous husband – the father of her children – who’d died of cancer before their relationship began.
Richard Darren Emery, of St. Charles, sobbed in court while answering questions about the quadruple-murder he carried out in 2018. That December, he killed his girlfriend Kate Kasten, 39, her mother Jane Moeckel, 61, and her two children Zoe, eight, and Jonathan, 10
Emery had just come home from the bar, where he had spent hours drinking and player canlı poker siteleri, reported.
Kasten then reportedly slapped him and told him to leave, which he said triggered him to punch her in the face and the shooting began shortly after.
He also claimed she had told him earlier in the day to take a shower when he got home and to wake her up, which he claimed means ‘she wanted to have sex.’
Emery said he had been ‘frustrated’ around that time because they had not had sex in a while and she had moods during her menstrual cycle, KDSK reported.
He then kicked in a door to a bedroom where Kasten’s mother had barricaded herself with her grandchildren, Zoe and canlı poker siteleri Jonathan, and shot each of them at point-blank range, police said.
He claimed Kasten was ‘hostile’ and had slapped him during an argument about him reportedly not praising her son, who had built a Lego set he had gotten for Christmas. He said he felt triggered to punch her after the encounter and the shooting began shortly after
Her children were barricaded in the room with their grandmother before they were shot
He also shot Moeckel, who called 911. The phone call was played in court and jurors could reportedly hear Zoe screaming: ‘Why? Why?’
The victims’ friends and family hugged, shook hands, and smiled in the courtroom after hearing the sentence. Emery’s death sentence is provisional, but he’s expected to be hit with the same punishment when he is formally sentenced on November 3, the reported.
Also during questioning, Emery expressed that he felt ‘envy’ toward the children’s biological father. He said: ‘He was like everything. He’s tall. I’m not. Accomplished.’
He met Kasten at a concert not long after her previous husband Kory had died from cancer, her father Rick Moeckel told in 2018. Rick also said at the time that he didn’t recognize Emery in his mugshot, saying the killer looked like he had ‘no soul’ in it.
‘He was maybe a little high-strung, but he never raised his voice. I never saw him get mad,’ Rick said in 2018.
However, Emery admitted in court that he felt like he ‘finally belonged’ and had a good relationship with the two children. Emery previously had two failed marriages and noted he had several bisexual encounters throughout his life, according to KSDK.
Emery’s attorneys also argued he had a mental illness that caused him to go into a ‘dream-like state.’
‘I don’t want to remember anything. I don’t want to know what I did to my family. You’re going to make me sound like I planned this out, like I had an itinerary. I have so many regrets that night. The first four is obvious and the fifth is me not killing myself,’ he said in court.
Emery said he felt like he ‘finally belonged’ and had a good relationship with the children
The couple (pictured) had met at a concert shortly after Kasten’s husband had died of cancer
Emery and Kasten reportedly bonded over guns and kept one in the house. He shot and killed the entire family in less than a minute
Kasten’s father Rick said he didn’t recognize Emery in his mugshot (pictured, 2018) and said it looked like he had ‘no soul’ in it
Jurors were shown bodycam footage of the scene, as well as, listened to the 911 call, where Zoe can be heard screeching: ‘Why? Why?’ as Emery’s gunshot continued. All of them would be killed in less than a minute, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
His defense team argued, however, that the Missouri man should be given life in prison, canlı poker siteleri rather than the death penalty.
‘There has been so much pain, so much grief and so much loss and we are asking you now to choose mercy,’ said Emery’s attorney, Stephanie Zipfel. ‘We are asking you to choose life.’
His attorneys asked jurors to imagine Emery’s son Tyler having to watch his father die by lethal injection. Missouri, on average, only kills about one person per year on death row.
However, Assistant Prosecutor Phil Groenweghe said Emery killed Moeckel, Zoe and Jonathan to eliminate witnesses, then shot at police and carjacked a woman, stabbing her seven times, all in the name of self-preservation.
The victim’s family hugged each other while his preliminary death sentence was read out. He will be formally sentenced on November 3
He also admitted in court that he was ‘so close to pulling the trigger’ when police pulled him over at a QuikTrip and had put a ‘gun to my head.’
‘All he cares about is his life – that’s where his treasure is found,’ Groenweghe said. ‘Send him the message that in St. Charles County, we will not tolerate this in any way.’
Outside the courthouse, St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar was grateful.
‘You don’t take any pleasure out of being here,’ said St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar after the verdict. ‘On the flip side, we are satisfied. We feel that justice has been served.’