CENTREVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Jurors have convicted an Alabama man of murder in the slaying of his wife almost 15 years ago.
A prosecutor says the panel reached a verdict Friday in Bibb County in the case against 46-year-old Jody Byrd.
Prosecutors say Byrd fatally shot his 29-year-old wife, Desta Dodson Byrd, on Feb. 25, 1999.
The case went unsolved for years, but authorities arrested Byrd in 2011 after a publicity campaign mounted by friends and relatives of his wife.
The man told police he found her body outside their home after he got home from work.
The defense told jurors Byrd killed herself with a single shot to the head. Bryd's lawyers say the woman was emotionally unstable and suffered from eating disorder.
Byrd faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
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