For Immediate Release - June 21, 2007

Thomas Toolan III verdict June 21, 2007

Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that at approximately 11:45 a.m. a Nantucket Superior Court jury found Thomas Toolan III guilty of First Degree Murder in the stabbing death of Elizabeth Lochtefeld of New York and Nantucket. Two separate theories of Murder in the First Degree-deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity and cruelty were presented to the jury by First Assistant District Attorney Brian Glenny over two and a half weeks of trial.

District Attorney O'Keefe said, "I hope this brings some measure of peace to the Lochtefeld family. They sat in the courtroom every day listening to some very difficult testimony." DA O'Keefe also thanked Chief Pittman of the Nantucket Police and his department and the State Police Detectives from the District Attorney's Office for their tireless work on the case.

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