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Verdict reached in Phoenix murder trial; To be read Tuesday

Posted at 4:05 PM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 19:05:45-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of a man accused of killing his girlfriend in 2017, but Maricopa County Superior Court officials say it won't be read until Tuesday morning.

Robert John Interval was tried on one count of premeditated first-degree murder in the presumed death of 34-year-old Christine Mustafa.

She was the subject of a 12-week search of a Phoenix landfill after disappearing in May 2017.

After the search ended in December 2017, police said there still was enough evidence to win a conviction.

During the trial, the prosecution said the 39-year-old Interval made incriminating statements in texts, bought mattress covers the day Mustafa disappeared in May 2017 and was seen outside a trash transfer facility later that day.

Police say Mustafa had plans to leave Interval.