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Christie Scott found guilty of capital murder

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RUSSELLVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Russellville jury found Christie Scott guilty of three counts of capital murder in the death of her young son a year ago.

Mason Scott, 6, died in a house fire in August of 2008. Christie Scott and Mason's brother escaped from the blaze.      

"[The jury] did see what happened in this case, and the fact that Mason was murdered by his mother," said Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing.

Fire marshals testified that the fire began in Mason's room. However, Christie Scott's attorney said the state conducted a bad investigation where they looked at rumors and not facts.

In their closing arguments, the defense also reminded jurors that a faulty television cord could have been the cause of fire.

State prosecutors closed their case by stating that circumstantial evidence was strong, with Christie Scott having purchased an insurance policy for her son shortly before the fire. Also, prosecutors said Scott had been looking at real estate the night of the fire, and a cherished wedding ring was taken out of the house before the fire.

Jeremy Scott, Christie's husband and Mason's father, had to be consoled by his mother while they waited for her to arrive from the Franklin County jail for the verdict.

Christie Scott didn't show emotion as heard the jury's verdict late Wednesday morning. As she was being lead away from court, she would not comment.

She was the first woman convicted of capital murder in Franklin County.

"This is the most heinous crime in Franklin County history," Rushing said. "There is nothing worse than a mother murdering her son for insurance."

"If you kill a child and you've done it intentionally, then yes, she deserves the death penalty," said Franklin County resident Jeff McCormick.

The sentencing phase of the trial will begin Thursday morning. Due to the capital murder verdict, she will be either sentenced to life in prison or to death by lethal injection.

However, the jury won't begin deliberating her sentence immediately. The defense and prosecution will present witnesses and then the judge will turn it over to the jury panel.

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