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Victim's family: 'We have sympathy' for convicted murderer

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Christian, 23, was very emotional as the verdict was read Thursday night. Christian, 23, was very emotional as the verdict was read Thursday night.
Christian was on trial in the deaths of Renitra Mark and Robert Carter. Christian was on trial in the deaths of Renitra Mark and Robert Carter.
"We know that Christian was in the wrong place at the wrong time, that's what we feel. He didn't go there intentionally to harm Renitra or Robert, maybe to burglarize. He just got caught up," Mark's sister said. "We know that Christian was in the wrong place at the wrong time, that's what we feel. He didn't go there intentionally to harm Renitra or Robert, maybe to burglarize. He just got caught up," Mark's sister said.
HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Hinds County jury has convicted Travaris Christian of two counts of capital murder. Sentencing has been set for Oct. 31.

Christian, 23, was very emotional as the verdict was read Thursday night.

Christian was on trial in the deaths of Renitra Mark and Robert Carter, who were killed in their Terry home in 2011. The couple's 7-month-old son was left alone for two days before the bodies were discovered.

The defense argued that Christian willingly went to Robert Carter's home to burglarize it, but didn't know the murders were going to take place.

The prosecution argued that he was there to commit a crime when the murders happened and under state law should be charged with capital murder.

The family of the victims asked that Christian not be sentenced to life without parole.

"We know that Christian was in the wrong place at the wrong time, that's what we feel. He didn't go there intentionally to harm Renitra or Robert, maybe to burglarize. He just got caught up," Mark's sister said. "We have sympathy for his family. My sister is gone. Robert is gone. We can't bring them back. We have sympathy for him, because I feel like he's a young man in his prime years of his life and he didn't...he hasn't gotten a chance to experience life really. And he's gone and we didn't want that."

The jury also found Christian guilty on charges of house burglary, conspiracy, child neglect and felon in possession of a firearm.

Christian's legal team said they will appeal the verdict.

A second man, Deon Carter, has already been convicted and sentenced for the murders.

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