Tomi Roeske, the sister of Joni Clements, sat through the courtroom all week as the prosecution and defense laid out their cases and was there when the guilty verdict that came down against her brother-in-law.
James "Eddy" Clements, was found guilty Friday afternoon of all 14 counts in his wife's 2011 shooting.
Clements was accused of hiring two men to kill his wife, Joni.
Roeske sat in court through it all, even through some of the graphic crime photos and the testimony of Richard Sybert, the man who admitted to shooting Joni Clements.
"I had to be there to represent Joni," said Tomi Roeske, who came down from Norfolk, Virginia. "I was in court for her. I had to be there for all of it."
She told 13WMAZ's Austin Lewis that she felt like justice was served when Judge Lukemire read the verdict.
"An extraordinary sense of relief I thought because they came back so quickly with the verdict that it probably was guilty," said Roeske. "But to hear the words to know that he was convicted on all 14 counts was just an incredible sense of relief and to know that justice was being served."
She said part of the reason why she hasn't publicly commented on the case until the verdict came down, because she said she wanted to see where the facts would take her.
"There were a couple of points in there when I really realized that the DA had it right, when he brought out the door knob and we all collectively realized the lock had never been changed, when he mentioned Eddy's physical reaction, when Jonathan Sybert said you knew there were moments like that that just sort of seal the deal, you just knew at that point there was no doubt," said Roeske.
She also said it was difficult to hear some of Richard Sybert's testimony.
"Hearing the details of the step-by-step episode of confronting Joni of what he said to Joni was very difficult. The hardest part to me was when he said he apologized to her," said Roeske. "When he said I don't want to do this, that was, that was awful, you know if you don't want to do it, don't do it and to know that he seemed to have some remorse but he felt compelled to do it anyway that was probably the hardest moment during his testimony. "
She also told 13WMAZ's Austin Lewis that she feels for Eddy Clements mother and sister.
"My heart reaches out to Eddy's mother and his sister. I cannot even imagine the pain that they were also going through at this moment, and I know they are not responsible for this, but I know it's going to be hard for them to bear this," said Roeske.