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Fernando Jaimes-Martinez found GUILTY of voluntary manslaughter


The verdict is in for Fernando Jaimes-Martinez, guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter and Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon.

A Woodbury County Court jury returned that verdict within the past hour.

Jaimes-Martinez had been charged with first-degree Murder, but after about six hours of deliberations, jurors came back with the guilty verdict to the lesser charge.

His conviction comes in the death of 27-year-old Karla Gonzalez.

She was hit in the head by a bullet that Martinez fired into a crowd during a disturbance outside his home on Villa Avenue in September of last year.

Martinez testified during his trial that he was trying to protect himself and his family and that the gunfire was meant to scare the crowd away, not harm anybody.

KTIV's Kayah Gausman has been covering the trial from the beginning.

She'll have much more from the courtroom beginning with News Four LIVE at Five.

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Fernando Jaimes-Martinez found GUILTY of voluntary manslaughter and intimidation with a dangerous weapon with intent to harm.

KTIV's Kayah Gausman is in the courtroom and will have a full wrap up on News Four.

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Tweet from KTIV's Kayah Gausman @KG_KTIV: Press, attorneys, security and court officials all called back to the court room. Waiting for the jury; just may have a verdict. Stay tuned!

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Jurors didn't reach a verdict on the first day of deliberations in the murder trial of Fernando Jaimes-Martinez.

The state gave its closing argument, saying that Martinez was guilty of first-degree murder.

Attorney Mark Campbell pointed out that he lied to police, and had no real emotional reaction to the murder until he knew he was in trouble.

The defense's closing argument took nearly an hour and a half.

Attorney Mike Williams argued that Martinez is not guilty of first-degree murder because he was simply trying to protect his family.

After arguments the jury met for almost four hours Monday afternoon before breaking for the day at about 4:15.

They reconvened Tuesday morning.

KTIV's Kayah Gausman is waiting for the verdict and will have the latest on News Four.

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