UPDATE: Verdict Reached in Iowa Murder Trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A jury in Fort Dodge, Iowa has convicted a woman charged with murder in the death of her 20-year-old neighbor a decade ago.

It was announced shortly after 10:30 a.m. Monday that the jury had reached a verdict after about four hours of deliberation. Minutes later, the verdict was read and Tracey Richter was found guilty.

The 45-year old Richter, claimed she shot 20-year-old Dustin Wehde to protect herself and her children after he and another man broke into her home in 2001. She says the second intruder fled.

Prosecutors claimed that there was no home invasion and Richter shot Wehde to keep him quiet about his role in a plot to frame her ex-husband. Richter was involved in a custody battle at the time.

Richter later moved to Omaha.

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