Man Found Guilty Of Murdering Two People With Butter Knife

A Shasta County jury found a man guilty Wednesday of a double murder he committed over two years ago in Anderson. 57-year-old Michael Helsby and 61-year-old Georgia Engelhaupt were found dead on January 14th of 2016 inside their apartment on Manter Drive in Anderson. 40-year-old Anthony Baxter was taken into custody the following morning and described the killings in graphic detail to investigators. He said he suffocated both of them until they were unconscious and then stabbed them twice each in the heart with a butter knife he found on their kitchen counter. Baxter had just been released from prison a few days earlier. Baxter said he killed the couple because they disrespected their roommate, the mother of Baxter’s daughter, who he considered his wife. He believed they were planning to evict her. He later told that same woman that if she told anyone about the murders he would kill her, their daughter, and every member of her family. Baxter eventually changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. He was convicted Wednesday on two counts of first degree murder. Thursday the court will rule on the question of sanity. If Baxter is ruled to be sane, he’ll be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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