A jury found a man guilty of murder after a three-day trial this week during which his defense said he killed another man, but should have faced a lesser charge.
Candelario Cruz-Trujillo, 38, was found guilty of murder after the jury deliberated for several hours on Thursday. Attorneys for the prosecution and defense had given closing statements on Thursday morning after testimony concluded on Wednesday.
He had been charged with murder after police said he shot and killed another man in a Greenwood restaurant parking lot. Police said Cruz-Trujillo shot and killed Miguel Herndandez, who was having an affair with his wife, on Sept. 30, 2015.
Jurors were asked to decide if Cruz-Trujillo was guilty of murder after prosecutors and defense attorneys had presented their cases.
He could face up to 65 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Nov. 7.
See more in Friday’s Daily Journal.