Karen Bigham [left] and twin sister Kathy Boobar were shot to death by Karen’s estranged husband
A Texas man who texted “I’m sorry” after killing his estranged wife and her twin sister was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday.
Kelley Bigham avoided facing the death penalty by pleading guilty to capital murder in a Collin County courtroom.
State District Judge Benjamin Smith sentenced Bigham to serve life in prison without parole. He could have faced the death penalty if the case had gone to trial. He will not be eligible for parole for the June 2016 double murder.
According to the court transcripts, twin sisters Kathy Boobar and Karen Bigham were fatally shot on Monday, June 20, 2016, in Bigham’s McKinney home by Ms Bigham’s estranged husband, Kelley Bigham.
Kelley Bigham pled guilty to multiple counts of capital murder to avoid the death but will serve life in prison without parole.
Karen Bigham told the couple’s 22-year-old daughter last June “that her life had been threatened and that she wanted a divorce.”
Around 5:30 p.m. on the day of the murders, Kelley Bigham came to the family’s home to pick up some belongings. The two sisters were in a room used as a hair salon. While in the kitchen gathering some belongings.
Kylie Bingham who witnessed the event was home at the time, told police her father asked her to leave. He then pulled a handgun from the pocket of his gym shorts.
The daughter grabbed her young son and fled from the home but not before she saw her father enter the salon. Her mother yelled to call 911.
Kylie told the police she then heard two gunshots separated by a woman’s scream. She called police to report the shooting. Eleven minutes later, she received a simple two-word text from her father: “I’m sorry.”
Kylie told investigators that her parents had marital problems and had lived separately for the past six months. She had been informed by her mother on June 15, five days before the murders, “Kelley came to the house and threatened to kill her as he held a handgun.” Karen Bigham asked her daughter to be at the house the Monday afternoon when Kelley was picking up some of his belongings.
The couple’s daughters attended Tuesday’s hearing. Kendall and Kylie Bigham stood next to their grandmother, Beverly McCormack, who said she loved Kelley Bigham for 28 years.
“And I still love you. And I forgive you,” Beverly McCormack said to the son-in-law convicted of killing her adult twin daughters, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Tim Boobar seen with daughter Carly, would rather speak about the memory of his loving wife and her twin, instead of his homicidal brother-in-law
Police activity at the crime scene June 20, 2016
Tim Boobar said between tears that he has agonized every day since the death of his “soulmate,” a woman he knew since he was 11.
Kathy Boobar’s husband Tim said he wakes up every day hoping to “give my sweet Kathy a hug and kiss,” according to the Morning News.
“I still come home every evening and want to share my day with my sweet Kathy,” he said, according to the newspaper. “It has been 14 months and I still want to go to bed at night and have her lay her right hand on my chest and we fall asleep, just like she did for 25 years.”
Beverly McCormack, the mother of the slain twins said to Kelley Bigham: “And I still love you. And I forgive you,” according to the Morning News.
“This family’s lives have been changed forever,” the twins’ sister Lane Anderson said to the killer, according to the newspaper. “Was it worth it?”
A few generations down The family’s willingness to forgive transcended generations.
In a letter written by his daughter Kendall Bingham’s 6-year-old son, Kingston, the child said he forgave his grandfather “for what you did to grammy and Kathy.”
“I hope you’re sorry for killing my grammy and Kathy,” Kingston wrote.
He ended the note with the words, “I love you.”
Crime scene: Kelley Bingham shot his wife Karen and her twin, Kathy Boobar at the McKinney, Texas home in June 2016
According to multiple victim impact statements, Kelley Bigham wrote several letters to family and friends since saying he wanted to plead guilty. He cried often throughout the statements.
Lane Anderson, the sister of the twins, repeatedly asked Kelley Bigham “was it worth it?”
“This family’s lives have been changed forever,” Anderson said. “Was it worth it?”
Kelley Bigham sobbed in reply.