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Jury finds Christopher Henderson guilty on all charges in a Madison Co. murder trial

Published: Jul. 1, 2021 at 4:03 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - After two full days of deliberating, the jury has reached a verdict in the Christopher Henderson murder trial.

On July 1, Henderson was found guilty on all 15 capital murder charges in connection to brutally murdering his wife and three of her family members in 2015, including an 8-year-old and 14-month-old.

Authorities say Christopher Henderson drove to her house and killed everyone inside before setting the home on fire. Police body camera shows the home engulfed in flames, and home surveillance footage places Henderson and Rhonda Carlson at the crime scene.

Rhonda Carlson is Henderson’s other wife and second suspect in this case. In court, Carlson admitted to helping plan the murders but says she did not actually participate.

Tim Gann, the Chief Trial Attorney in this case, says the family of the victims did get justice after the verdict. But, it’s not over yet and they want the death penalty for Henderson.

“I think I speak with the family and our office that we are extremely satisfied with the results today. The jury worked extremely hard. There was a lot to go through. The sheriff’s office gave us an extremely strong case and we could not be more satisfied right now,” said Gann.

The judge has given the jury instructions for the penalty phase. However, the jury was dismissed and it will begin at 9 a.m. Friday.

See the full list of Henderson’s charges below:

KRISTEN SMALLWOOD - MOTHER:

  • MURDER CAPITAL - BURGLARY G
  • MURDER CAPITAL - TWO OR MORE PERSONS
  • MURDER CAPITAL-ARSON
  • CAPITAL MURDER - PROTECT ORDER

CLAYTON CHAMBERS - 8-YEAR-OLD:

  • MURDER CAPITAL -UNDER 14 YEARS G
  • MURDER CAPITAL - BURGLARY G
  • MURDER CAPITAL - ARSON G

LORYN BROOKE SMALLWOOD - UNBORN BABY:

  • MURDER CAPITAL - UNDER 14 YEARS G
  • MURDER CAPITAL - BURGLARY G
  • MURDER CAPITAL - ARSON G

ELI SOLOKOWSKI - 1-YEAR-OLD NEWPHEW:

  • MURDER CAPITAL - UNDER 14 YEARS G
  • MURDER CAPITAL - BURGLARY G
  • MURDER CAPITAL - ARSON G

CAROL JEAN SMALLWOOD - KRISTEN’S MOTHER:

  • MURDER CAPITAL - BURGLARY G
  • MURDER CAPITAL - ARSON G

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