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Jury finds Charles Capone guilty of 1st degree murder

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UPDATE: The jury has found Charles Capone guilty of first degree murder in the death of Rachael Anderson. He was also found guilty of failing to notify law enforcement of a death. Capone was very stoic as he heard the verdict.

Capone was already a convicted felon before these charges. It is very likely that he faces a life sentence in prison.

According to KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus, the relief on the faces of Rachael Anderson's family were very obvious as they walked out of the courtroom.

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Closing arguments in the Charles Capone murder trial wrapped up Tuesday afternoon in Latah County. Capone is accused of murdering his estranged wife Rachael Anderson in 2010 and dumping her body in the Snake River. She has never been found. Closing arguments lasted in until about 2:30 Tuesday afternoon.

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