Husband guilty of murder 30 years after killing his wife

First degree murder charge, life sentence

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - Three decades after it happened, a Pasco County jury found a man guilty of killing his wife.

Amy Hurst's body was found floating in the Gulf of Mexico in 1982, but the case against her husband didn't develop until the last couple of years.

Hurst may have thought he got away with murder, but a jury is sending him away for life.

The jury took less than three hours to reach the verdict Thursday afternoon.

William Hurst had little reaction to the guilty verdict, but Amy's family members held each other, sobbing when that verdict was read.

Amy was a 29-year-old mother of two who disappeared from her New Port Richey home in 1982.

The Coast Guard found her remains off the coast of Anna Maria Island. She was wrapped in an afghan and there was a rope attached to a concrete block around her body.

Investigators weren't able to identify the body until 2011.

William Hurst's attorney told the jury that Amy's death was an accident, that she fell and hit her head during an argument. But the jury didn't buy that.

Amy's son never gave up trying to find out what happened to his mother. He helped detectives identify her remains after recognizing the afghan on a missing persons website.

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