Bourne Huddleston found guilty of murder

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Wed, April 16 2014 at 5:24 PM, Updated: Wed, April 16 2014 at 10:20 PM

Medford, Ore. -- A Jackson County jury returned a unanimous verdict in the Bourne Huddleston murder trial on Wednesday afternoon.

Huddleston has now been convicted of murdering his wife Kristy at their home in March of 2012. He was found guilty on all 10 counts he was charged with including murder, attempted aggravated murder, solicitation to commit murder, among other similar charges related to Kristy's death.

Atmosphere in the courtroom

When Judge Lorenzo Mejia announced the jury's decision, Kristy's family and friends held hands and made sounds of relief.

Bourne Huddleston sat solemnly inside the courtroom looking down and not making eye contact with family members or jurors.

It took the jury 8 hours to reach their verdict. We're told they poured over evidence and re-watched the nearly 2-hour long recording of detectives initially interviewing Huddleston hours after his wife was murdered.

What Huddleston could face

According to David Hoppe, a Jackson County Deputy DA and prosecutor in the case, a murder under Oregon law is life in prison. Under a measure 11, it's 25 years in prison. The additional charges Huddleston was convicted of would have to be accounted for as well.

According to Hoppe, it would be up to the judge to decide whether Huddleston would serve out his sentence concurrently (completing more than one sentence at the same time) or consecutively (one after the other).

Hoppe said he intended to argue Huddleston serve out his sentence consecutively.

Huddleston's sentencing will be at 11 o'clock Thursday morning.

Kristy's family did not want to speak after the verdict was read. However, it's expected they will be ready to make a statement after Huddleston is sentenced.

NBC 5 tried to speak with Bourne Huddleston's family member in the courtroom. They declined being on camera. Huddleston's attorney, Bob Abel, left before we could speak with him.

Stay with NBC 5 News for the latest updates as they become available.

Video above contains a live report immediately following the verdict announcement as well as a live interview with Deputy DA David Hoppe.

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Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.

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