Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hachmeister Guilty of Mom's Murder ; Convicted Man's Brother Says Family in Court on Behalf of Victim; 'We Lost a Mother'

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hachmeister Guilty of Mom's Murder ; Convicted Man's Brother Says Family in Court on Behalf of Victim; 'We Lost a Mother'

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With the conviction of Jason Hachmeister on Tuesday in the brutal slaying of his mother, the Hachmeister family is sad because they lost a brother, nephew and son, Hachmeister's brother said.

But the family was in Shawnee County District Court on Tuesday for Sheila Hachmeister, the victim, Aaron Hachmeister said. Aaron Hachmeister is Sheila Hachmeister's son and Jason Hachmeister's brother.

"We lost a mother," Aaron Hachmeister said. "So we just wanted for it to be known that we were there for her."

After seven hours of deliberations Monday and Tuesday, jurors signaled District Court Judge Richard Anderson they had a verdict.

At 2:12 p.m. Tuesday, a district court jury convicted Jason Hachmeister in the murder of Sheila Hachmeister in her southwest Topeka home on Sept. 10, 2011.

The jury found he was guilty of premeditated first-degree murder. The jury had the option to acquit him or convict him of premeditated first-degree murder or intentional second-degree murder.

Family members present when the verdict was read were Aaron Hachmeister; his wife, Jessica; Bill Hachmeister, father of Aaron and Jason; his wife, Kathi; and Eugena Hess and Rhonda Bever, sisters of Sheila Hachmeister. They cried when they heard the verdict.

Jason Hachmeister showed no emotion when the verdict from nine men and three women was read.

As the guilty verdict was read, Aaron Hachmeister held his mother's Bible, which he has carried throughout the trial.

"It's something I found while going through her things," he said. "I kept it close to me to give me strength."

Aaron Hachmeister rejected the defense strategy that painted his mother as seeking a partner online in a dominance-submission relationship.

During the trial, defense attorneys contended a man Sheila Hachmeister met through an online dating site had traveled to her Topeka home and killed her. Prosecutors told jurors Jason Hachmeister stabbed his mother repeatedly on the head, she collapsed to the floor, and when she began to stir, he retrieved a length of twine to strangle her until she stopped moving. …

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