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Scullark and Schroeder families react to guilty verdict

by John Wilmer

WATERLOO(KWWL) -- The verdict is in for a Waterloo man charged with murdering two people. Thursday morning the jury found Martaves Keys guilty on two counts of first degree murder. Keys was accused of shooting and killing Anissa Schroeder and Ronald Scullark, Junior in 2007. Keys maintained someone else pulled the trigger.

The jury made their way back to the Black Hawk County Courthouse at 9:00 o'clock this morning and by 9:45 they had decided the fate of Martaves Keys, finding him guilty in both counts of murder in the first degree. 

Family and friends of Ronald Scullark Junior and Anissa Schroder comforted one another after the trial. 

Christina Barker, Scullark's girlfriend says the verdict is a relief for her and their son.  

"He's going to be locked away for the rest of his life and I can tell my son that justice is done and it's just too bad that he had to take both Junior and Anissa's life," Barker said.

The mother of Anissa Schroeder, Tammy Jones, says the memories of the two have not faded during the year they have been gone.    

"Fun loving kids, I mean they were kids... Never a dull moment when they were around." Jones said.

For Scullark's mother, Patricia Carr, the verdict was bittersweet.

"Maybe we should feel like it's a victory, but it's another life that has been lost," Carr said.

Now her thoughts turn to the young man who will spend the rest of his life in jail. 

"I feel very sorry for Martaves and his family. I'm praying for them that God will strengthen them that they may be able to make it through," Carr said.

"We have Grammy and Poppa and they just help out a lot and he knows that his daddy loved him and he's in a better place. He's in heaven and his daddy watches over him," Barker said.

The sentencing for Keys will take place at the Black Hawk County Courthouse in a little more than a month.


Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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