- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - Jurors have found a 30-year-old central Illinois man guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his second cousin and the cousin’s wife in an execution-style shooting.

The (Decatur) Herald and Review (https://bit.ly/13yKD89) reports that the Macon County jury reached a verdict at Demarta Cunningham’s Wednesday after deliberating for about four hours over two days.

Prosecutors say Cunningham killed his 34-year-old second cousin, Freedom Cunningham, and 28-year-old Central Cunningham in 2012 in Decatur. They say Cunningham shot the couple because Freedom Cunningham owed him around $15,000 as part of a heroin deal.

Under Illinois law, Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott says Cunningham will receive an automatic life sentence for killing two people. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Feb. 6

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