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Judge finds Demetrick Young guilty of killing popular teacher

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The capital murder trial for a Valley teen is over.

A judge just convicted Demetrick Young of murder for the beating death of teacher Judy Jester.

Having to re-live Jester's death through testimony has been tough on both families.

Thursday was an especially emotional day for everyone-- but family and friends on both sides stayed in the courtroom until the jury reached its verdict.

Physically tired, emotionally worn, a crowd filed out of the Lawrence County Courthouse Thursday, family members, colleagues, friends of Judy Jester and of Demetrick Young.

Jester, brutally beaten, left dead in her classroom two years ago. Young, facing a lifetime of prison for her murder.

WAFF 48 Investigator BobbY Shuttleworth spoke to both sides about their grief. Young's uncle, Ollie Rice fears for his nephew's fate, and is pained for the Jester family's loss.

The jury deliberated for about three hours on Thursday before breaking for the night.

They returned this morning at 9:00 to ponder the testimony and the evidence presented by both sides.

The prosecution presented DNA evidence they argue links young to Jester's death. The defense says a friend of Young's who testified against him committed the crime.

Jester's school superintendent Dexter Rutherford says the hurt from two years ago has resurfaced after this week's grueling testimony.

"This has been such an emotional time. There's no answer, no logic. We have to trust in God that he has a bigger plan than we do," Rutherford said.

The jury could have chosen to acquit Young, find him guilty of felony murder or find him guilty of capital murder.

In the end, they found him guilty of capital murder.

But because of Young's age when the crime was committed, he cannot face the death penalty.

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