EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — A verdict has been reached in the trial of a Monroe County man accused of kidnapping and killing his co-worker back in 2013.
55-year-old Michael Horvath has been found guilty of several charges including criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse.
Sighs of relief were heard in the courtroom from the family of the victim, Holly Grim.
Nearly ten years after the disappearance of Holly Grim, her family hears the guilty verdict announced against Michael Horvath Friday morning.
Holly’s son Zachary didn’t want to be on camera but spoke to Eyewitness News about the moment he said his family has been waiting for.
“It’s been a long time coming, but I think everybody did a good job. State police, all the troopers, the detectives, but yeah this is what we wanted, this is what the grim family had been hoping for,” said Zachary Grim, Holly Grim’s son.
Horvath and Holly were co-workers at the Allen Organ Company in Macungie.
In 2013, investigators said Horvath took Holly from her home in Lehigh County, shot her in the chest, and buried her remains in his Saylorsburg backyard.
It was a missing person case until three years later when officials said remains and blood matching “Holly” were found at Horvath’s property.
Prosecutors said they also found disguises inside his home including a wig, a ski mask, and items used to pick locks.
After a three-week-long trial, Horvath was found guilty on several charges including criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse. He was found not guilty of obstructing the administration of law.
“You know, we’ve waited for this day for so long, they’ve waited for so long. That you know we’re just happy that it came out guilty and hopefully, the sentencing will be life without parole,” said Nancy Godowski, Holly Grim’s friend.
Godowski was bowling with Holly the day before she disappeared and participated in the search parties for her.
“Let me tell you, she loved to bowl. She had a great time doing it, had a lot of friends there and she was a great mom. Zach has turned out to be a wonderful man and you know, he’s going to move on from this, I know he will,” Godowski said.
Now with Horvath awaiting his sentencing, the Grim family said they are keeping their spirits high.
Voice of Zachary Grim, holly grim’s son
“Not sure if I can move on, but of course, we’re going to try,” Zachary Grim concluded.
As you saw in the video, family and friends wore purple shirts that read “Justice for Holly” and told me that purple was her favorite color.
Horvath is scheduled to receive his sentence in September.