While Brooks' lawyer claimed her death was accidental, the ME's findings showed that "bruises on her neck, bleeding in her eyes and abrasions inside her mouth from chewing her lips - injuries consistent with asphyxiation." Further, the couple had a volatile relationship—prosecutors pointed to an email Cachay, an aspiring swimsuit designer, sent to Brooks, demanding that he stop being a hard-drinking, pot-smoking slacker. In another email, referring to his cheating on her, she wrote, "Nick, for the past six months I have supported you financially and emotionally. I am speaking with the credit card company and the police and I am going tell them that I never allowed you to use my card. I don’t care. Have fun in jail. Sylvie."
Cachay's family cried when the verdict was read. The Post reports that Brooks "rubbed his chin and looked annoyed," while his sister, who made a scene during one day in the trial (calling a witness for the prosecution an "awful bitch") broke into sobs. Brooks' father is Joseph Brooks, who won an Oscar for writing "You Light Up My Life"; Joseph Brooks committed suicide in 2011, amid accusations he sexually assaulting numerous women.