Arunya Rouch guilty on all counts in Publix murder trial

By Erin Maloney, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, June 22, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

The jury reached a verdict Thursday night in the case of a woman accused of murdering her former Publix co-worker in 2010.

After more than six hours of deliberation, Arunya Rouch was found guilty on all counts, including 1st-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

She showed no emotion as the verdict was read, but she rocked back and forth after it was read. The judge sentenced Rouch to life in prison following the verdict.

Rouch was accused of murdering Gregory Janowski after she was fired from the Tarpon Springs store in March 2010. The shooting happened at the Publix on U.S. Highway 19 near East Tarpon Avenue in Tarpon Springs in 2010.

Janowski's parents spoke out after the decision.

"Justice has finally been served for my son here on this Earth," said Janowski's mother, Kally Singletary. "And we will miss him and we love him and what he got he did not deserve. He was not a bully."

Rouch's lawyers asserted she snapped after she was teased, called racial names and fired. She was fired after threatening Janowski, officials said. The defense says Rouch, then 41, was insane at the time of the murder.

Thursday, another psychologist took the stand saying his evaluation deemed Rouch was sane. Rouch told psychologists she heard a voice telling her to get a gun. The doctor testified there were inconsistencies from Rouch when she talked with doctors about hallucinations.

In closing arguments, the State told the jury Rouch knew what she was doing and reacted out of anger, ego, and retaliation, not insanity. Rouch's attorney chose not to give a closing argument.

Rouch’s husband took the stand Wednesday, saying Publix management did not do enough to stop the tragedy. The verdict and eventual sentencing may not be the last word from Rouch's husband. He said he plans to sue Publix over his belief the managers did not do enough to stop the tragedy.