After a little more than a week of testimony, a murder trial is decided in less than three hours. Justin Jones was found guilty by a Chemung County jury. It's the verdict the victim's mother was waiting for, but our Katie Husband tells us if it really provided any closure.
CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. – "It's hard looking at the person who I know is the one that took my son from me," said Lisa Lovely, mother of Brian Martin.
Those are strong words from the mother of Brian Martin, who was shot to death on November 8, 2012. Monday, a jury found Justin Jones guilty of killing her son. It was a case that was decided quickly, despite not having an eye witness to the crime.
"So you have to put all the pieces together from everything else in the case, from the before, the after and luckily, in that regard, we had some pretty good evidence," said John Thweatt, Chemung County Chief Assistant District Attorney.
But the defense says there wasn't enough evidence and they argued all along that the prosecution only answered who, what and when, but not how or why.
"To consider the fact that the motivation for, resorting to the gun was self-preservation motivation," said Joseph Joch, Council for Defendant.
When the verdict was read the victim's mother, Lisa Lovely, heard what she needed to about the events that took place before her son's death.
"I got some answers. I have lived with questions for the last nine-and-a-half months as to what really happened. My son asked me for keys to go to the store and that was the last that I saw him, so I feel through testimony I was able to get some answers," said Lovely.
But there still one question that will take some time to find the answer to.
"It's a relief, I feel that I have justice for my son that's made me keep going for the last nine-and-a-half months and now I feel that justice has been served my son is not coming home and where do I go from here? How does a mom go on without her child," asked Lovely.
The defense says they will appeal the verdict. They also put forth a motion for dismissal because they say the evidence was not sufficient enough to establish the intent necessary to commit murder in the second degree. Jones will be sentenced September 30th and faces a maximum of 25 years to life.