Man Found Guilty of Murder Five Years Later
Jurors in the case against Eldrick Simon have reached a verdict...guilty.
Simon has been found guilty on two counts of first degree murder and five counts of attempted first degree murder. Simon faced a total of eleven counts after being accused of shooting five people and killing two at the Candlelight Estates Mobile Home Park in 2005.
In the final day of the trial, both the defense and the state made their closing arguments. Earlier this week, the two parties argued their case, calling witness after witness and showing evidence. The defense argued Simon showed signs of paranoid schizophrenia years before the shooting and claims Simon is legally insane. The state disagreed, saying Simon had planned the attack and is legally, not insane.
It took the jurors less than three hours to make their decision. Simon is now facing the death penalty, his sentencing is scheduled for this Tuesday.
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