Josue’s family sat in silence as the jury read the verdict Tuesday after deliberating for less than three hours.
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“We, the jury, find defendant Andre Timothy Jackson guilty of murder as charged in the indictment,” said a juror.
Jackson immediately burst into tears and laid his face on the table.
The Flores family waited six years for a guilty verdict. Now the process moves to the judgment phase and there are a variety of options.
Jackson could be sentenced to just five years or he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
The sentencing phase is scheduled to begin on Wednesday afternoon.
During the trial, the defense team tried to convince the jury it was a botched investigation, but prosecutors said Jackson fled the area after the murder. Josue’s DNA was also found on Jackson’s coat.
Prosecutors also told jurors that the only way the boy’s DNA could have been on his coat was if Jackson had killed him.
Since the murder six years ago, a memorial on the north side has called for justice for Josue. ABC13 was told that with the guilty verdict, the claim was met and the memorial would now be dismantled.
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