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HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
A Hinds County jury has found Dwaliue Deon Carter guilty of two counts of capital murder in the double murder of his brother, Robert Lewis Carter, and his brother's fiance, Renitra Lee, at their home in 2011.
The jury found Carter guilty of a total of five counts, including house burglary, two counts of capital murder, felony child neglect and conspiracy.
He was immediately sentenced to two life terms in prison with no parole for both capital murder charges. He also received sentences of 25 years for burglary, five years for conspiracy and five years for child neglect.
Wednesday a sixth count, which was a felon in possession of a firearm, was dropped although Carter is a convicted felon.
The state had several witnesses Wednesday including Eric Zitterholm. He was the criminal investigator at the time of the murder. During his testimony, video was shown of one of Deon Carter's interrogations. Deon appeared to be crying and told Zitterholm his 7-month-old nephew was left crying in the house after the murders.
Also taking the stand was victim Renitra Mark's twin sister. She told jurors Robert Carter worked offshore overseas and when he was gone to work Renitra would come stay with her in McComb because she did not feel safe because of past history with Carter's family.
She told jurors the last time she saw her sister was the morning of the murder when she was planning on coming back to Jackson to stay with her sister and suddenly changed her mind.
Testimony started in Hinds County court Tuesday.
During opening arguments, prosecutors said there was bad blood between the brothers, which led to the shooting.
Assistant District Attorney Kimalon Campbell said Robert had allowed his brother to live at the home but had recently kicked him out.
"Deon Carter pulled out a gun and gunned down his own brother and left their 7-month-old on the floor," said Campbell.
The first witnesses to testify included the first Hinds County deputies to arrive on the scene of the shooting.
"I pulled out my service weapon, went inside the house. That's where I noticed a black make subject, Robert Carter, laying on the floor," said Sgt. John Sanders of the Hinds County Sheriff's Department.
Renitra Mark was found behind a door in a master bedroom. She had been shot six times.
Investigators said the 7-month-old had likely been there alone with his parent's bodies for days.
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