The Monique Lee murder trial, at times, seemed jinxed but this afternoon the jury returned with a guilty verdict.
Now there is another charge stemming from the Monique Lee murder trail.
But Karen Jenkins’ family is relieved and says it feels it is just another step toward justice.
This has been a difficult process for Karen Jenkins family; the first trial ended in a mistrial, then in the second trail the state's key witness changed his testimony to accept more responsibility of the murder, Gary Lee then refused to answer any more questions.
Efforts to re-introduce his previous testimony were denied by the court but all that was set aside when the jury returned the guilty verdict.
Headed into court Monique Lee kept her thoughts to herself like she has throughout both of her murder trials. Her defense was "not guilty by reason of insanity" but when the jury returned the verdict she was found guilty of first degree murder and use of a deadly weapon.
Karen Jenkins nephew described how he felt about all the twists and turns.
Cris Jenkins says, "Your faith is shaken everyday, some days you feel good about it, some days you don't. It's a process and this one was totally different than the last one so you don't know what to expect."
In this case that was true of the attorneys as well. Mistrials are rare, the Monique Lee murder trial almost had two.
After testifying against his sister in her first murder trial Gary Lee changed his testimony significantly then refused to speak on the stand.
Don Kleine says, "The jury saw through some of the issues that were presented, the insanity issue, Gary Lee's testimony in this case and we're very grateful for that."
But it is not over.
Changing his testimony, whether Gary Lee remembered more of the day he and Monique murdered Karen Jenkins or he was trying to help his sister out of a murder charge, could keep Gary behind bars for another 20-years.
Don Kleine says, "Yes, we're filing a perjury charge on Mr. Lee. He'll be subject to that charge too which is a class III felony, carries one to 20-years."
Monique Lee is scheduled to be sentenced in November after a pre sentence investigation report is submitted to Judge Gleason.
Gary Lee is scheduled to be sentenced next month, he faces up to life plus 20-years. Up to another 20 if convicted of perjury.