Nearly Four Decades Later, A Killer Is Convicted

By: KKTV/Dustin Cuzick
By: KKTV/Dustin Cuzick

Thirty-eight years after a brutal murder and sexual assault in Colorado Springs, it took the jury just a few hours to reach a verdict in the once-cold case.

Robert Baillie is now convicted of killing Janet Conrad while she worked as a housekeeper at the Antlers Hotel back in 1976.

Baillie showed little emotion as the verdict was read Wednesday afternoon, which carries a mandatory life sentence.

Conrad's body was found in a laundry room on the 10th floor of the downtown Springs hotel. She'd been bound, sexually assaulted and strangled to death.

The grisly crime went cold for decades. But in 2009, the case got a major break after Springs police received money to look into cold cases. With the help of that funding, Baillie's DNA was linked to the crime. Baillie was already in prison for an unrelated sex assault.

Conrad's son, Ray French, says he had prayed for years for his mother's killer to be brought to justice.

"It doesn't matter how long something has gone unsolved, the Bible says there's nothing hidden under the sun that shall not be revealed, and that is a prayer I've prayed."

Now that her murderer has been tried and convicted, French is trying to move forward.

"The Bible talks about forgiveness and being able to forgive...that's a hard thing to do, but I also know...not to hold bitterness and those things, and he's serving, he'll serve time for the crime he committed."

Baillie faces a mandatory life sentence--but according to 1976 guidelines, being the year that the crime was committed. It's still unclear when he could be eligible for parole. Attorneys are looking into it, and should have that answer before Baillie's Sept. 12 sentencing.


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