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9/23/02

Vaughn Ross Found Guilty

It took just more than an hour for a Lubbock jury to convict former Texas Tech student Vaughn Ross of Capital Murder on Monday. He was found guilty as charged. Vaughn Ross is convicted of killing Viola Ross McVade and Douglas Birdsall as a result of an ongoing dispute with McVade a year and a half ago. The trial has moved to the punishment phase. The state and the defense started on Monday with closing arguments.

The state repeatedly pointed to Vaughn Ross saying he clearly committed the murder. They also projected some of the gruesome crime scene pictures, once again. The defense pointed out that no weapon was found, and there was no trace of blood in the suspect's apartment. It was very heated, but the jury made their decision based on the evidence presented to them, and it was a unanimous guilty vote.

The punishment phase started on Monday afternoon. The state is seeking the death penalty. The state has called a handful of people to testify, starting with talk of Vaughn Ross' prior convictions, including a violent criminal past, and how he's behaved in jail. They also called up the victim's families to testify on the people they lost once again.

The state rested on Monday and the defense will continue with their side on Tuesday.

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