Lisa Pate found guilty of murder

ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - A jury found Lisa Pate guilty of murder Wednesday.

Pate was charged with shooting and killing 59-year-old James Miller in Athens three years ago.

Police said Miller and Pate were having an affair together. When Miller tried to break it off, they got into an argument and Pate shot him.

Investigators said Miller's wife and daughter were on a mission trip in Guatemala at the time of the shooting.

During closing arguments, defense attorneys for Lisa Pate argued she was in fear for life and she was acting in self defense when she shot and killed James Miller. Prosecutors countered that the victim was shot in the head from behind, that this was nothing but a cold-blooded murder.

The defense claimed it was she who wanted to end it, and he threatened to shoot her and himself at his Athens home.

Investigators did not find a gun on his body.

It took the jury two hours to convict Pate of murder.

Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson was the lead investigator in the case.

"From the initiation of the case through the arrest, we felt it was a murder case - taking the life of another human. Of course, we let the jury make their minds up and make the final decision. We feel like they did a good job," Johnson said.

The judge will hold a pre-sentencing hearing before deciding Pate's sentence. The maximum sentence she could receive is life in prison with the possibility of parole.

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