After nearly a week long trial, Scioto County has a verdict on the trial a man charged with the murder trial of a 25-year-old woman who authorities say was killed in front of her two children and niece.
66-year-old former Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) guard Carl Hayden has been found guilty of all charges. The trial began Monday with jury selection and opening statements. Hayden was charged with one count of aggravated murder, one count of murder, four counts of felonious assault, one count of discharging a firearm at or in a habitat and one count of menacing by stalking for the murder of 25-year-old Amber Piguet, with whom Hayden shared a child.
Police arrived at the victim’s home off Piguet Road in early January to find the woman dead after she had called 911 saying someone was outside her home. The call was followed by 911 calls from neighbors and Piguet’s niece, who informed authorities that her aunt had been shot. At the time, the two had a custody proceeding pending in Scioto County Domestic Relations Court.
Victim’s family awaited the verdict until late Thursday afternoon. Piguet’s mother, cousin and aunt provided statements to the court prior to sentencing. The victim’s mother explained that Piguet’s children still struggle to sleep at night and continue to cry for their mom. Judge William Marshall stated that the defendant showed no remorse at any time during the case despite leaving his own children without their mother.
For the charge of aggravated murder, Marshall sentenced Hayden to life without parole. Additional sentencing is to be served consecutively.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.