More than two years after Jeffrey Stern's mistress was charged in seeking someone to kill his wife, the same charge against him has been dismissed.
Michelle Gaiser, who had an affair with Jeffrey, was convicted of solicitation of capital murder in August 2011 and was sentenced to 45 years in prison. Prosecutors said she hired men to kill Jeffrey's wife, Yvonne Stern.
Jim Leitner with the Harris County District Attorney's Office released the following statement on Tuesday morning:
The Harris County District Attorney's Office has a duty to not simply prosecute, but to seek justice. This has been a case in which the evidence has continuously evolved. We have remained true to our mission by examining information objectively, weighing our decisions carefully, and acting prudently. Ultimately we have come to the conclusion that, at this point, the available evidence is not sufficient to justify taking this case to trial.
Jeffrey's attorney, Paul Nugent, released the following statement on behalf of his client, also on Tuesday morning:
Jeff Stern, his wife Yvonne and their children are relieved and grateful that their two year nightmare is over. Upon a final review of their case, the Harris County District Attorney's Office realized there was not credible evidence to proceed and has dismissed all charges against Jeff Stern. The Stern Family appreciates the outpouring of public support and requests that their privacy be respected during this time of healing.
Nhut Nguyen, the shooting suspect, was convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced to 45 years in prison.
The trial for Jeffrey was scheduled to begin Friday. Yvonne has supported her husband throughout the trials related to the solicitation cases.