An Oklahoma County jury decided Tuesday that Brenda Andrew is guilty of planning her husband's death, then participating in his murder.
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The seven-man, five-woman jury deliberated about seven hours over two days before reaching its verdict, and will meet again today to begin consideration of the death penalty.
Andrew, 40, will face at least a sentence of life in prison for the Nov. 20, 2001, shooting death of Oklahoma City advertising executive Rob Andrew. Brenda Andrew was also convicted of conspiracy to commit murder.
The face of the former stay-at-home mother of two and Sunday school teacher was unchanged when Oklahoma County District Judge Susan Bragg read the verdict at 3:50 p.m.
Bragg told the jury to return at 9 a.m. to hear evidence in the penalty phase of the trial. Jurors decided on a 10-year sentence and a $5,000 fine on the conspiracy charge.
Defense attorney Greg McCracken asked Bragg for a mistrial after the jury left the courtroom. McCracken said a morning gas leak that led to the evacuation of the courthouse had tainted the jury. The judge denied the motion.
The jury had been deliberating more than an hour when a work crew hit a 3-inch natural gas line near the northwest part of the courthouse. The jury was taken across the street on the southeast side of the building under guard by Oklahoma County sheriff's deputies. The leak was stopped and the jury resumed its work after about 15 minutes.
The verdict came on the 25th day of court proceedings, a span covering more than five weeks.
Prosecutors said Brenda Andrew fired one of the shots that killed Rob Andrew, blasting her already-wounded husband in the neck from close range.
Rob Andrew, a 39-year-old executive at Jordan Associates, was killed by two shots from a 16-gauge shotgun.
Attorneys said the other shot was fired by James Pavatt, Brenda Andrew's lover, who was convicted in September of killing Rob Andrew and sentenced to die. The pair conspired to kill Rob Andrew to claim an $800,000 life insurance policy, prosecutors said.
Defense attorneys argued Brenda Andrew wanted to reconcile with her husband. She had filed for divorce and Rob Andrew had moved out of the couple's house.
The defense said the only piece of real evidence in the circumstantial case is a confession letter allegedly from Pavatt to Andrew's daughter, Tricity.
In the letter, Pavatt allegedly says a friend shot Rob Andrew, he shot Brenda Andrew, and the woman had no knowledge of the plot.