MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Family members of an 89-year-old Coden man who was beaten to death talked about their feelings Thursday after a jury convicted one of the men charged in the case.
The jury deliberated more than two hours before finding Scott Jones guilty of felony murder and attempted murder in the beatings of Hutson and an elderly woman back in 2010.
Family members and friends of Hutson hugged and cried after a jury found Jones guilty of beating him to death with a baseball bat.
The jury also found Jones guilty of severely beating Hutson's 89 year old friend, Elizabeth Duggin.
"HE LOVED LIFE"
Hutson's daughter, Alisha Brown, shared memories of her father.
She said, "He was very social. He just loved to dance. He loved to sing, he loved to cook, he loved people, he loved life: and that was just taken away from us, and it's so unfair."
Dr. Tommy Thompson said, "It's a very difficult thing to deal with. Everybody's lost."
Both District Attorney Ashley Rich and Jones's attorney acknowledged the tragedy of the case.
Rich said, "We're very pleased with the jury's decision. We have, finally, after three and a half long years, gotten some closure for both of these families."
Defense Attorney Jim Harper said, "How could you watch this trial and not feel sympathy for those two people? I mean, it was horrible."
Jones faces 20 years to life in prison on each charge, and Rich said she will ask for the maximum.
He's scheduled to be sentenced November 14.
Another man, Anthony Parker, is also charged with murder and attempted murder in the case.
He'll be tried at a later date.
A jury has found 80 year-old Guiseppe Pino LoPorto guilty of child sex abuse charges dating from the early 1990s.
Waking up to a chilly morning! Temperatures will be a little warmer this afternoon than what we saw on Thursday, we'll also see our winds shift from northerly to southerly with clouds increasing.
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