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Pickens found guilty on all counts in triple murder

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Hamilton County jury has found 20 year-old Mark Pickens guilty on six counts in connection to a triple murder in June 2009.

Pickens murdered 19-year-old Noelle Washington, her son nine-month-old Anthony Jones III, and 3-year-old Sha'Railyn Wright, a little girl she was babysitting.

As Judge Steven Martin read the verdict, Pickens sat silently and nearly emotionless with his head in his hand.

Prosecutors proved that the motive for the murders was the fact Pickens didn't want to go to prison for another crime, raping his ex-girlfriend, Washington.

She had reported the rape the day before her murder.

All three victims were shot in the head at point-blank range. The families of Washington, Jones and Wright were all in the courtroom.

They were relieved with the guilty verdict and are leaning on each other and their faith.

Wright's grandmother, Jonda Lewis, says she is just happy this part of the trial is over.

"Feels like a whole lots been lifted off my shoulders, I feel good. Let the Lord do his work," Lewis exclaims.

The families had more than 24 hours to wait on the jury to come back with the decision. The actual deliberation was about 14 hours. The jury got the case Wednesday afternoon and worked for six hours. Then Thursday continued until around 4:15 p.m. The jury delivered the verdict at 4:45 p.m.

Now that he was found guilty, the second phase of the trial starts Tuesday, May 4 when the jury will decide whether or not Pickens will face the death penalty.

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