Vegas Contorno guilty of manslaughter in death of boyfriend

Vegas Contorno guilty of manslaughter in death of boyfriend
Remington Foradori was stabbed and killed in 2015. (Source: Family)
Remington Foradori was stabbed and killed in 2015. (Source: Family)

AUTAUGA CO., AL (WSFA) - An Autauga County jury found Vegas Contorno guilty of manslaughter Friday evening in the death of Remington Foradori.

Contorno's bond was revoked and she was taken into custody.

The jury had to determine whether Contorno intended to kill Foradori, her boyfriend, when she grabbed a kitchen knife during a physically altercation on Aug. 7, 2015. Foradori was stabbed in the chest in their home.

The jury was offered the lesser included charge of manslaughter, if they could not come together on a murder count.

The significant difference between the two counts is intent - whether Contorno intended to kill Foradori. Murder is a Class A Felony and manslaughter is a Class B felony.

Closing arguments took place Friday afternoon after a long week of testimony.

The defense rested their case around 11:30 a.m. on Friday, and closing arguments began at 1 p.m. - ending after 3 p.m.

The jury began deliberations just after 4 p.m., and asked Judge Sibley Reynolds to continue deliberating after 5 p.m.

The jury also asked Reynolds to offer written definitions of murder and manslaughter.

Friday the courtroom was separated down the middle with crime scene tape to divide the families of the victim and the defendant.

Both families have filled the courtroom to maximum capacity during the trial and were warned daily not to react or have outbursts to testimony.

Contorno took the stand Thursday for a combined four hours. She explained the complexities of an abusive two-year relationship. Contorno testified both she and Foradori were alcoholics and had sought treatment from various rehab facilities. It was when Foradori was drinking that the relationship took an abusive turn, she said.

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