Kid-Killing Minutewoman Shawna Forde's Accomplice Guilty on All Counts in Murders of Man and Child
Kid-killing Minutewoman Shawna Forde's co-defendant, Jason Eugene Bush, was found guilty this morning in a Pima County Superior Court for the murders of an Arivaca man and his daughter in May 2009.
In addition to the two first-degree murder convictions for the murders of Raul "Junior" Flores and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia, at their home in Arivaca, Bush also was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder of Gina Marie Gonzalez, Flores' wife, as well as of one count of burglary, one count of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated assault: deadly weapon/dangerous instrument, one count of armed robbery, and one count of aggravated armed robbery.
Late last month, Forde was also found guilty in the murders and sentenced to death.
Following the murders, Forde, a founder of the anti-immigration group Minutemen American Defense Corps., told authorities she planned to take the group to "the next level," which apparently meant leading a raid on the Flores home looking for drugs and money to fund the group.
According to the Green Valley News, the aggravation phase of the trial started at 1 p.m. Bush, like Forde, will be eligible for the death penalty if the jury finds that aggravators are proven.
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