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Jury finds Vencil Ash guilty of first degree murder


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Vencil Ash is led out of the Kimball County Courthouse after a status hearing on Feb. 6, 2014. A jury on Monday declared Ash guilty of first degree murder of Ryan Guitron in 2003.

At 7:15 p.m. Monday, a jury found Vencil Leo Ash III guilty of first degree murder in the 2003 death of Ryan Guitron.

Monday's verdict ended the weeklong trial. Ash will return to court early next month for sentencing.

The end of Monday's trial marks the second time Ash has been found guilty in the case. He was found guilty of Guitron's murder by a jury in July 2012. However, the Nebraska Supreme Court overturned the ruling in October 2013, stating that the defense did not have proper time to prepare for Ash's wife, Kelly Meehan-Ash, to take the stand. The Supreme Court stated that Ash's r...

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