Guilty Verdict For Hired SeaTac Hitman

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Ron WhiteheadJohn Ogden, 20, was found guilty by a jury today in the murder-for-hire shooting of his stepfather, Ron Whitehead, 61, of Des Moines.

Ogden was just 16 at the time of the murder, which took place on March 18, 2005 at the intersection of SW 188th and 8th Ave SW near SeaTac Airport (map below).

Prosecutors claim that Odgen and his mother, Velma Ogden-Whitehead, hired one of his friends to kill his stepfather for inheritance and insurance.

One interesting aspect of this trial was that the car in which Whitehead was driving when he was shot and killed was actually re-constructed last Thursday inside the courtroom (story here).

Velma Ogden-Whitehead was sentenced June to 22 years in prison.

Ogden’s accomplice, Wilson Sayachack, accused of hiding in Whitehead’s trunk and pulling the trigger, is still awaiting trial.

Ogden faces more than 30 years in prison when he is sentenced.


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