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Mica Martinez Found Guilty

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Lawton, Ok_Mica Martinez was found guilty, Thursday, in the 2009 murders of Carl and Martha Miller.  The jury took just two hours to reach their verdict after hearing three days of testimony. 

During the trial, the defense never contested that Martinez committed the assaults on the Millers, and their adult son, Sean Monk. They built their case around Martinez' state of mind, saying he never intended to kill the Millers, but the jury rejected that claim.

Thursday in closing statements, the defense and prosecution recounted their most powerful arguments to jurors but in the end, it was a victory for the prosecution and what looked to be a sigh of relief for the family of Carl and Martha Miller.

Relatives were overcome with emotion upon hearing the verdict but it was a different story for Mica Martinez, who stared blankly at the judge.

During closing arguments, the prosecution reiterated that Martinez intended to kill the Millers and that he was already furious with a supposed hitchhiker who had done something to him.

The prosecution said Martinez's rage towards the hitchhiker was redirected at the couple, as he beat Carl Miller with a rifle, and also beat Martha Miller before sexually assaulting her.

The prosecution argued that Martinez knew what he was doing despite the defense's claim that he was heavily intoxicated at the time.  The prosecution also said hat even though Martinez stopped his attack on Sean Monk long enough to allow him to call for help, he still attacked Monk while he was on the phone with 9-1-1 dispatchers.

The defense fired back saying that despite the physical beating that Martinez gave the Millers, it was not intentional. They said Martinez had a high-powered rifle with two shells on him, but left the gun unloaded.  If it was his intent to kill he would have loaded the weapon.

The defense pleaded that despite the injuries Carl Miller received, Martinez left him alive in the home.  Miller died four days later in the hospital as a result of his injuries, without ever regaining consciousness. 

The defense also said that if Martinez wanted to murder Monk, he could have done so, but instead allowed him to call for help.

Martinez's family was at the courthouse, but not present during the verdict reading.  7News tried to get comments from both families, but just like the lawyers involved in the case, the judge had ordered them not to talk to the media.

The punishment phase of the trial begins tomorrow. The state is asking for the death penalty.

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