Shawna Forde, Kid-Killing Minutewoman, Convicted of Murder
|Shawna Forde faces the possibility of the death penalty after being convicted of murdering an Arivaca man and his 9-year-old daughter.|
The Pima County jury now must decide whether Forde, 43, should face the death penalty.
Jurors reportedly deliberated for five hours on Friday before leaving for the weekend without announcing a verdict. This morning, after about two hours of deliberation, the jury returned its guilty verdict.
Prosecutors argued that Forde led a raid on the home of 29-year-old Raul Flores on May 30, 2009, looking for drugs and money.
During the raid, Forde shot and killed Flores, as well as his 9-year-old daughter, Bresenia.
Forde also shot Flores' wife during the attack, but she survived, and ultimately armed herself and chased away Forde and her accomplices in a shootout that left one of the attackers, Forde's co-defendant in the shooting, Jason Eugene Bush, wounded.
Originally from Everett, Washington, Forde came to Arizona in early 2009, after a string of violent incidents in her home town, including a near fatal attack on her ex husband.
The jury in the case will return tomorrow morning to begin the penalty phase of the trial.