A jury took more than eight hours to convict one of the men charged with the death of a longtime employee of the Independence Police Department.

A jury took more than eight hours to convict one of the men charged with the death of a longtime employee of the Independence Police Department.

Anthony J. Standifer, 25, of Kansas City, was found guilty of second-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and first-degree robbery in the death and home invasion of Beverly Crowl, a 69-year-old woman who was alone in her Independence home on the 14600 block of East 37th St. on March 19, 2010.

Judge Jack Grate will sentence Standifer on July 22.

Standifer shot Crowl in the head in her home after he, Nicholas J. Krejci, 23, of Kansas City, Melissa Pauline Farris-Visnich, 32, of Kansas City, and Darrin E. Jefferson, smashed the front door of her home and entered, testimony showed. Police said the group had come to the house to rob a drug dealer of 15 pounds of marijuana and $70,000, but instead found Crowl alone.

Jim Kanatzar, then-Jackson County Prosecutor, said at the time the group showed “complete and total disregard” for human life by shooting Crowl and, as they left, taking her purse.

The group had a list of three addresses on 37th Street where they thought the dealer lived, though they seemed confused about exactly in which house the dealer lived.

Forcing their way into Crowl’s home, Standifer and Jefferson saw the elderly woman holding a phone. They searched the house. After finding nothing, Jefferson took her purse.

Police said Standifer shot Crowl, who was lying on the floor, in the head. He allegedly told Krejci later that “there was some old (expletive) in there, man. I had to split her wig (shot in the head),” according to court records. Court records showed they killed her because she saw their faces.

After the crime, they rifled through her purse and discovered her police identification badge. She had worked at the department for more than 30 years before retiring in 2008.

Jefferson, whose police records in 2010 indicated he was from Independence, pleaded guilty in mid May to the four charges against him. He received a 20-year sentence.

Tammy Dickinson, a county prosecutor, said the initial charged filed against Standifer was first-degree murder, but she declined to comment why it was reduced. She declined to comment about the case or the trial, which began Tuesday and concluded Thursday afternoon.

Standifer’s attorney, public defender David Rowan, also declined to talk about the case, as did a member of Crowl’s family.

A trial date for Visnich has been scheduled for Aug. 1. No court dates have been scheduled for Krejci.