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  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Christopher Vydfol's mother Lorri Geoffroy hugs supporters after Corey Furgal's conviction Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. Furgal was found guilty on two counts of second degree murder in Christopher Vydfol's Halloween murder in 2009.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Corey Furgal walks into the courtroom to receive the verdict in his trial Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011.F
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Lori Geoffroy leaves the courtroom after Corey Fugral was found guilty of killing Geoffroy's son, Christopher Vydfol.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Stephen Vydfol, brother of the late Christopher Vydfol, hugs his mother after Corey Furgal's guilty verdict was presented Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. Furgal was found guilty on two counts of second degree murder in Christopher Vydfol's Halloween murder in 2009.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Upset family and friends of Corey Fugral leave the courtroom after he was found guilty on two counts of second-degree murder in killing Christopher Vydfol in October of 2009.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Christopher Vydfol's mother Lorri Geoffroy hugs supporters after Corey Furgal's conviction Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. Furgal was found guilty on two counts of second degree murder in Christopher Vydfol's Halloween murder in 2009.
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Corey Furgal guilty of murder for Halloween stabbing

NASHUA – A jury convicted Corey Furgal, 25, on two counts of second degree murder Wednesday morning for stabbing Christopher Vydfol to death at a 2009 Halloween house party in Merrimack.

Jurors reached the verdict at approximately 11:20 a.m., after one day of deliberation.

Furgal’s attorneys maintained throughout the two-week trial their client stabbed Vydfol in self-defense while attempting to hold off an angry group of party guests.

State prosecutors contended Vydfol, 20, was playing peacemaker at the time of the stabbing, working to defuse the situation which surfaced over a missing iPod.

Nearly 30 friends and family members of the victim, Christopher Vydfol, gasped and shed tears of joy as the jury foreman read the verdict aloud, and members of Furgal’s family fled quickly from the courtroom.

One of the murder counts charged that Furgal, 23 at the time, knowingly killed Vydfol when he stabbed him. The second charged Furgal with killing Vydfol with extreme indifference to the value of human life.

Judge Diane Nicolosi will not issue a sentence for at least two months while attorneys conduct a pre-sentencing investigation. Furgal faces up to life in prison at sentencing.

– JAKE BERRY