- Associated Press - Monday, February 27, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A jury has convicted a 32-year-old man of fatally shooting his in-laws and trying to kill his estranged wife in 2014.

Local media outlets report Nathan Holden was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Holden killed 57-year-old Angelia Taylor and 66-year-old Sylvester Taylor at their home near Wendell in April 2014. He also pistol-whipped and shot his estranged wife LaTonya Allen in the face and chest as their three children hid in a closet.

Defense attorney Elizabeth Hambouger acknowledged Holden committed the crimes but argued the killings were second-degree murder because he didn’t plan them.

The couple separated four months earlier, and she had a protection order.

The sentencing phase begins Tuesday. He faces a death sentence or life in prison.

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