A Brief Timeline in the Murder Case of Catherine Stroup
April 5, 1983 Catherine Stroup is found Dead
Allen Leach, 22, and Paul Curtis Leach, 21were arraigned on murder charges surrounding the murder for hire plot of the Hawthorne woman.
The son in law, Michael Seawright, is implicated in the murder for high scheme. He is not officially charged at this time.
Peter Leach, the triggerman, is convicted
Michael Seawrights murder trial begins after 9 years. He was considered the mastermind of the plot.
The jury is deadlocked at first. The trial then ends with a hung jury. The Prosecutors decide to try the case again.
The case goes back to trial
Michael Seawright is finally convicted and sentenced to life in prison
The murder happened at 3555 W. Rosecrans Ave.
Peter Leach held a heart shaped pillow to muffle the sounds when he shot Catherine
The trial was held in Pomona Superior Court