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UPDATE: Murder victim's family reacts to denied conviction appeal

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One Rockford family celebrates after a judge decides their loved one's convicted killer will stay behind bars, but it doesn't help them close the door on this case. After more than a decade, there's still missing information.

Investigators say Brynn Null's husband Aaron murdered her, mid-November 2002. Aaron says he's innocent, but Illinois' Second District Appellate Court disagrees. On Thursday, the court denied Aaron's appeal. His first degree murder conviction stands.

"It's comforting to know that if they found him guilty and there was enough evidence that they still feel that he is right where he belongs." -says Brynn Null's family friend Roberta Oslund.

Roberta speaks on behalf of Brynn's relatives. The pain of losing a daughter, sister and niece is still too fresh for them to talk about. Roberta says through the years, Aaron's kept precious information to himself; where he left Brynn's body. To this day, her remains haven't turned up.

"I think that he's very evil to not let this family have the closure that they deserve. He should have to sit there for as long as this family has to be without Brynn and if that's forever, then that's how long he should have to sit." -Roberta explains.

While they try to celebrate a win today, Brynn's family knows Aaron will appeal again.

"It's about a mind-game now. He obviously cannot prove his innocence because he was found guilty, but this is I think just a matter of him stringing it along even farther to make things harder on this family." -Roberta adds.

Aaron Null is two and half years into a 50 year sentence.


Earlier we reported...

The Second District Court of Appeals denied a former Capron man's appeal and upheld a first degree murder conviction against him.

Aaron Null was found guilty in December 2010 for the 2002 murder of his wife, Brynn Null. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Brynn's body has never been found.

Evidence presented at the jury trial showed Brynn was last seen alive with Aaron the day before she disappeared. No murder weapon was recovered, but blood stains were found in the couple's bedroom, including a large one measuring 18 by 22 inches on the couple's bed. Splatter was also found on the room's walls and ceiling, which Illinois State Police determined was from the blood on the mattress. A bloody towel was found in Aaron's car. All the blood found belonged to Brynn.

Evidence that Aaron physically attacked Brynn on at least eight previous occasions was also presented.

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