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.
According to reports, a 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.