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Jury convicts Juan Nino Estrada of first degree murder and attempted murder

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

After less than two hours, a jury finds Juan Nino Estrada guilty of all four counts he was charged with.

On the other side of eight days full of testimony in the double murder trial, Estrada was found guilty of two counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted murder, and a count of willful injury.

Michael Delgado and Yolanda Valdez were killed the night of November 7, 2013.

Several others were in the room, an attic that played host to drug transactions, paraphernalia, and several weapons.

After a lengthy investigation and trial, a jury convicted Juan Nino Estrada in the killings.

In the Woodbury County Courthouse Tuesday, both the prosecution and the defense gave their closing arguments to the jury.

The prosecution readdressed the evidence they presented to the jury, which Assistant Woodbury County Attorney Terry Ganzel said proved that Juan Nino Estrada acted with malice in the murder of Delgado and Valdez.

Ganzel once again showed this surveillance video to the jury, on which you can hear the screams and shots of that night.

Throughout the trial, Public Defender Mike Williams pointed out inconsistencies in eyewitness testimony.

In his closing argument, he said the incident happened because after Estrada pulled his gun, victim Michael Delgado came into the room with a gun, and Estrada was scared for his life.

"In that house, that essentially was a trap. The attic was a trap," Williams said.

However, Ganzel said there was no question Estrada acted with malice and said, "He started, he continued, he finished it."

"The defendant has told you that he was scared for his life. He wasn't scared for his life, he was angry," Ganzel said.

Estrada's family members declined to comment on camera, but told KTIV's Kayah Gausman that just simply wasn't fair.

Raquel Nino, a relative, said Estrada was defending himself, and another family member said, "They tampered with the crime scene during the investigation and didn't take that into consideration."

Estrada remains in the Woodbury County Jail, awaiting sentencing.

 

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