Jury returns guilty verdict on Lafayette double murder

Franco Navarrete, 50, is now a convicted murderer in Lafayette.

Posted: Jan 11, 2019 6:46 PM
Updated: Jan 11, 2019 6:46 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Franco Navarrete, 50, was on trial for the shooting and killing of his wife's mother and brother in 2017.

The jury's guilty verdict came in late Friday afternoon.

They convicted him on two counts of murder and one count of carrying a handgun without a license. 

Navarrete now faces 95-150 years in prison.

His sentencing date will be decided on January 18. 

During the trial, witnesses, DNA, ballistic and digital evidence put Navarrette's gun, car and phone at the scene of the shootings.

Though prosecutors aren't required to prove a motive, they did provide texts and witness statements to show Navarette did not get along with the victims.

After the murders, Navarrete wrote a letter apologizing to his daughter for what he called, "horrific acts."

He also called 911 and said he needed to go to jail nine hours after the shooting.

The family of the victims didn't want to go on camera but they did tell News 18 they are thankful there is justice for their family. 

Prosecutor Patrick Harrington said he is thankful for the family's cooperation a well as Lafayette police and the High Tech Crime Unit who helped gather evidence in this case.

Navarrete did not show emotion as he was read the verdict or after.

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