Desmond Turner was found guilty Thursday in the shooting deaths of seven family members in an east side Indianapolis home in 2006.Judge Robert Altice deliberated for about an hour at the close of the nearly two-week-long trial and found Turner, 31, guilty on all charges, 6News' Jennifer Carmack reported.
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Turner's mother, Brenda Baymon, left the courtroom in tears after the verdict was read, while family members of the victims said the verdict brings them peace."I will pray for (Desmond). He chose to do what he did, but I'm not like him," the sister of Emma Valdez, Maria Flores, told Carmack. "I will still pray for him because he's still a human being."While the prosecution lacked DNA evidence directly linking Turner to the killings of seven members of the Covarrubias and Valdez families in a home at 560 N. Hamilton Ave., several neighbors and acquaintances testified that Turner had talked repeatedly about robbing the family.Prosecutors said that Turner shot four adults and three children while looking for a safe full of money and drugs. There was no such safe."There was no DNA evidence. However, what we put together was a very compelling circumstantial case, and that's what we said the entire time," said Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi after the verdict was read.Defense attorneys had maintained that no evidence linked Turner to the house or the slayings.Prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty for Turner until last month, when they announced a deal to drop it in exchange for Turner waiving his right to a jury trial.Turner could face life without parole at his sentencing hearing Friday.
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