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Jury returns guilty verdict in Ewing, NE double homicide


The conclusion of a 6 day murder trial results in a guilty conviction of four felony counts, two of first degree murder, for a Ewing, Nebraska man.

A  year ago this week, Matthew Hinrichsen learned that his ex-girlfriend Victoria Lee was married to another man, Alex Vargas.

A little over a month later, prosecutors say he murdered them in the middle of the night in Ewing, Nebraska and lit the crime scene on fire.

A 12 person jury in Antelope County found Hinrichsen guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, as well as possession of and using a firearm to commit a felony.

"They took their time to deliberate. It wasn't just a snap decision, because he needed justice, too," Don Lee, Victoria Lee-Vargas's father said.

The trial spanned six days. The prosecution presented the murder weapon, an AK-47, and a recording of the 9-1-1 call which caught the murder on tape as evidence.

More than 30 witnesses took the stand as counsel attempted to recreate the events of that evening for the jury.

At the beginning of the trial the defense said they would not refute the evidence, but believed Hinrichsen was only guilty of manslaughter and not first degree murder, claiming that his actions weren't premeditated.

Both the Lee family and Hinrichsen family faithfully attended the trial, and gruesome evidence made for a very emotional week for the two families.

"When you lose your eldest child, there really isn't... I don't know if I have a word for that," Lee said.

While the legal processes aren't completely over yet, Victoria's family say they're glad to be through with this big step.

Although nothing can bring her back, they say they can at least start to move forward with a reassuring sense of justice.

"I'm feeling some sense of justice. We finally got a good verdict. It's been an awful long time waiting," Lee said.

Hinrichsen will be sentenced in the Antelope County Courthouse on January 28th of 2014.

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