SPANISH FORK, Utah (ABC 4 News) – It's been a long three years for Kay Mortensen's family. Today the last of his murderers was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
For the first time, Martin Bond spoke in court. He apologized to the Mortensen family for taking part in his murder, but the BYU professor’s loved ones didn’t feel moved by his final words.
Kay Mortensen’s widow, Darla Mortensen, told ABC 4 News, "This is the first time I heard his voice out loud. He’s always seemed so stoic and cold, but I didn't feel his sincerity in saying he was sorry."
Kay Mortensen was murdered during a home invasion robbery in Payson in 2009. Bond’s accomplice, Benjamin Rettig, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and aggravated kidnapping as part of a plea deal. He’s currently spending 25 years to life in prison for his role in Mortensen’s death.
If it were not for bond's ex-wife coming forward it would have been Mortensen's own family who would have spent their lives behind bars. Investigators initially charged Mortensen's own son and daughter-in-law with his murder.
"The hero in this whole case is Rachael Bingham because if she hadn't have come forward, had the courage to come forth, then I don't know where Roger and Pam would be today,” explained Mortensen.
In front of cameras Pam Mortensen’s family and friends voiced their anger at the prosecution for almost sending two innocent people to jail.
Prosecutor Tim Taylor explained, "We looked at the evidence at the time. We thought we were making the right decisions. We never intended to try and make things up."
Pam’s friend Kris Andress disagreed. "You know you lied. You know you perjured yourself in front of them. How can you stand there and say that?” cried Andress.
The Mortensens say they are still suffering the consequences of being falsely accused, and are working to fix the relationships broken in the process, but they say now it's time to move on.
Pam Mortensen said, "We will miss Kay until we seem him in the next life. It will be a while before we fully forgive them, but hopefully time will heal our wounds."
While martin bond agreed to live in prison without the possibility of parole to keep the death penalty off the table, his lawyer now says he's going to appeal the ruling.