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Jury finds man guilty in deaths of couple

Posted: 12:06 PM, Sep 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-14 20:45:20Z
Jury finds man guilty in deaths of couple

A jury has convicted a man of killing a couple and their dog in northern Arizona.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that jurors found Derrick Barnett guilty Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder, animal cruelty and other charges.
The prosecution said Barnett was hard-pressed for money when he killed Michael and Norma Dimuria at their home in Williams in May 2017. Authorities say he stole money and a car from them and fled to Colorado where he was captured.
A sentencing date hasn't been set. The 31-year-old Barnett faces life in prison.
The prosecution had played a recorded call between Barnett and his mother in which he said he was ready to accept responsibility.
But Barnett's attorney told jurors that none of the testimony amounted to a confession of guilt.