UPDATE: Verdict Reached in Howard Clarence Jenner Trial
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on April 24, 2014 @ 1:33PM
Created on April 23, 2014 @ 5:06PM
UPDATE (4/24) 1:30 PM
On Thursday afternoon, a jury decided that Howard Clarence Jenner will receive no mercy after he was convicted of first degree murder by a jury on Wednesday. This means Jenner won't be eligible for parole once he's sentenced.
His sentencing hearing is set to take place on June 30.
Stay with 5 News for the latest.
UPDATE (4/23) 1:40 PM
Guilty on three separate charges. That's what a jury decided on Wednesday afternoon in the trial for Howard Clarence Jenner.
Those charges are guilty to first degree murder when it came to the shooting death of Jenner's aunt, Beni Truax, as well as guilty of first degree attempted murder and malicious assault for shooting her husband, Sherman Truax.
Jenner had no emotion when the verdict was read. This was after the jury deliberated for only 20 minutes in the matter.
After the finding out the decision, the defense attorney asked the judge to throw out the verdict. That's because he claims the jury didn't weigh the matter long enough or look at the evidence presented in the case. However, the judge denied the request.
Earlier Wednesday morning, Jenner's attorney said he wouldn't be calling any witnesses to the stand, and closed his case.
On the other hand, the state spent the past two days proving Jenner was the one responsible. They said he premeditatedly and maliciously went to kill his aunt and uncle on Decemeber 22nd, 2011. They also said he was seeking revenge against the Truax's because there was bad blood in the family.
Now, even though Jenner has been found guilty on all three counts, the trial isn't finished yet.
On Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m., a sentencing phase will begin to determine whether Jenner will be given mercy or no mercy.
5 News will keep you updated as that part of the trial starts, and a decision is reached.
The defense presented their case Wednesday morning in the trial of Howard Clarence Jenner. They announced that they would not be calling any witnesses, and then rested. The jury began deliberating just after 12:30 Wednesday afternoon. Stay with 5 News for the latest updates on this story.
The weapon that investigators believe was used in the shooting death of Beni Truax was the focus of testimony on Tuesday afternoon in Upshur County.
Two forensic analysts took the stand Tuesday afternoon. One talked about gun residue, and the other discussed analyzing the bullets and gun recovered.
The lead investigator in the case also took the stand again to testify about where they found both the gun, which was found several hundred feet from the crime scene, and the bullets.
The state rested it's case Tuesday afternoon, and now its the defense's turn.
Stick with 5 news as this trial continues.
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