The Night of September 28, 2015
On the night of September 28, 2015, it was muggy. A tropical storm was brewing a few miles south, but in Caton, it wasn’t even raining yet. Kelley was at home with her kids, Charlie and Cullen, then five and two, who were asleep. Her husband Thomas was out playing poker with friends. Remember this part of the story, as it will later become a key factor in his defense.
Thomas Clayton, 37, was known as a rabid gambler who tended to carry large amounts of cash around with him, according to court documents. The former hockey player kept two safes in the home — one under the bed and another in the basement.