Hargon Guilty, Punishment Looms

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jennifer Hargon McBride says she knows that executing the cousin who killed her brother and his family won't ease her pain, but she wants Earnest Lee Hargon sentenced to death anyway.

A Yazoo County jury has convicted Earnest Lee Hargon of killing three relatives on Valentine's Day 2004.

The jury of nine women and three men returned guilty verdicts after less than two hours of deliberations.

Hargon was accused in the slayings of his cousin, Michael Hargon; Michael's wife, Rebecca; and the couple's four-year-old son James.

The family disappeared from their home in Vaughan on Feb. 14, 2004. Blood and spent bullet casings were discovered at the home. Their bodies were found about three weeks later buried in woods off a road nearly 100 miles southeast of Vaughan.

Hargon was convicted of murder in the death of Michael Hargon and two counts of capital murder in the slayings of Rebecca Hargon and the couple's son. Hargon did not testify in the trial and the defense called no witnesses.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty on the capital murder counts. A conviction of murder carries a maximum life sentence. Prosecutors say deliberations on a sentence would begin Monday.

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