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Colorado Man Convicted of Murdering His Ex-Girlfriend and Her New Lover

Kevin Dean Eastman

Kevin Dean Eastman

Jurors convicted a Colorado man of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her new lover.

Prosecutors said Kevin Dean Eastman, 49, killed and almost decapitated musician Stanley “Scott” Sessions, 54, in a fit of rage in February 2020. He shot Heather Frank, 48, twice in the heart several days later, the state said.

Eastman was found guilty of two counts each of first-degree murder, tampering with a deceased human body, and tampering with physical evidence.

His defense asserted that it was Frank who killed Sessions. Eastman helped in the aftermath, said attorney Samantha Deveraux. So did Eastman’s former employer Troy Bonnell, she said. But Bonnell panicked, killed Frank, hid her body on his property, and kept this secret from Eastman, the lawyer said.

Prosecutors suggested that, in truth, Eastman killed Frank and hid her body on that property.

“Let me help this man get to the bottom of this case,” Eastman said in a verbal prayer recorded in the interrogation room. He asked for the discernment to help solve the case.

“Please help tell me. Help me to tell them. Please, God. Please keep Heather safe,” he later said.

Both sides agreed that Eastman and Frank’s prior relationship was toxic and volatile. Prosecutors construed it as abusive. For example, prosecutor Steve Wrenn said Eastman once yanked hair out of Frank’s head. The cycle of violence started in 2015, he said.

Eastman was living with his sister and not doing well, Wrenn said. He was a broken man and breaking up with Frank was long overdue, the prosecution said. But he was dependant on his sister for housing.

As Deveraux told it, Eastman arrived at his sister’s home several days before the killings after a night of drinking. He had fallen off the wagon, and his sister had zero tolerance for alcohol in the home. With his life falling apart — no money, no steady job, no place to live, his phone shut off, and about to lose his car — Eastman accepted a standing job offer from Bonnell, she said. He had originally not taken him up on that offer because he did not want to return to the Greeley, Colorado area. But he did take the job offer and, in doing so, returned to Frank’s orbit, according to the defense.

The defense attorney asserted that authorities pursued Eastman based on their hunch and were blinded by their desperation to preserve their hunch.

“Law enforcement made assumptions,” Deveraux said. “As soon as they learned that Ms. Frank had an ex, an ex with whom she had a volatile relationship, they assumed–and it became this catalyst moment–they assumed, ‘That’s our guy.'”

Wrenn denied this, saying the evidence pointed toward Eastman.

Sentencing is set for Thursday to begin at 9:30 a.m. MT / 11:30 a.m. ET.

[Booking photo via Weld County Sheriff’s Office]

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