• Lauren Crowe listens to instructions from her attorney during her 2006 murder trial.
    Lauren Crowe listens to instructions from her attorney during her 2006 murder trial.

Crowe, convicted of murder conspiracy in 2006, has been free for a year

    Murphy – The murder trial of Maria De Los Angeles Brickman was the first such event in Cherokee County since 2006, when Lauren Crowe was tried for the murder of her mother, Janet Crowe Mundy of Hiwassee Dam.
    Mundy was killed on July 10, 2004, by Crowe and Christopher Tarantino, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Sept. 13, 2005. Crowe went to trial and was convicted on May 12, 2006, on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and soliciting someone to commit said murder.
    At the time of her conviction, Crowe, now 30, was scheduled to serve at least 19 years in prison, but she was released last summer on July 6, 2017, after having the conviction for soliciting overturned on appeal.
    She also has cleared probation and parole.
    Tarantino was sentenced to 38 years in prison and is not looking at a potential release date until Nov. 29, 2034.
    Crowe and Tarantino, both teenagers at the time of the murder, entered Mundy’s home one night, leaving her shot, stabbed and with her throat cut.
    During the trial, then-chief deputy Tom Frye testified that Crowe showed no remorse for the killing of her mother when she was interrogated. Crowe also allegedly told three different stories to Frye about the killing.