Man Found Guilty By Second Jury For 90s Murder Case

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A convicted killer is heading back to prison after five years as a free man.

Tim Kennedy spent nearly 14 years in prison for the 1991 shooting deaths of his friend Steve Staskiewicz and Staskiewicz's 15-year-old girlfriend. The couple were shot execution style in a home in Old Colorado City. Kennedy was sentenced to life in prison in 1997.

In 2009, compelling new evidence brought Kennedy's guilt into question. A judge ordered a new trial, and Kennedy was released from prison while waiting for a new verdict. Kennedy was free for five years before his second trial started earlier this year.

Despite the new evidence, the second jury to hear Kennedy's case reached the same verdict that the jury in 1997 reached. He was found guilty Monday.

The prosecutor says she's relieved about the second verdict. Kennedy's lawyer, who fought for the second trial and took the case pro bono, said he was shocked at the guilty verdict. He told 11 News Kennedy is the fall guy for the real killer.

Kennedy now once again is staring down a potential lifetime behind bars. He can appeal the verdict, but it's up to a judge to grant him a third trial.

11 News will be at the upcoming sentencing and we will let you know what happens.