After about six hours of deliberations, an Ellis County jury has returned its verdicts in the capital murder trial of three men.
The jury found Eric Maldonado guilty of capital murder, Fernando Juarez guilty of capital murder and Ruben Hernandez guilty of murder. Maldonado and Juarez received automatic sentences of life without parole. A punishment phase is under way relating to Hernandez, who faces a prison sentence of from five to 99 years or life.
The men were on trial in 40th District Court, Judge Bob Carroll presiding, relating to the April 18, 2010, shooting death of Ennis businessman Mohammad Hashemi.