Greg Dudley found guilty of murder; faces 5 to 99 years or life

Greg Dudley in trial on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (Credit: KFOX14/CBS4)

An El Paso jury has found Greg Dudley guilty of murdering his common-law wife, 38-year-old Deanna Stewart.

Closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday.

He was convicted of killing Stewart in 2015.

Dudley thought Stewart was having an affair for two years with an old neighbor, Marcus Flores, authorities said.

The defense said police did not follow up on Flores' alibi that he was alone all day.

They said there are also other unanswered questions, such as police failing to test pellets from the gun used for DNA.

Only Dudley's jacket was tested for gunshot residue, defense attorneys said. They said the shirt, pants and shoes that he was wearing all weekend should also have been tested.

The defense told the jury that there could have been a burglary, or it could have been a drug deal gone bad because Stewart used cocaine, or it could have been someone who was seen sitting in a car outside the house for hours or one of Dudley's friends who had his gun.

The defense said that just because Dudley owned a gun does not mean that he's guilty of murder.

Attorneys also pointed out that when Stewart's daughter was asked, "Is it possible that someone else killed your mother?," she said "Yes," which leads to reasonable doubt.

"It's very clear what happened to Ms. Stewart was not an accident," the prosecutor said. "Someone killed her on purpose, and they meant to do it."

Prosecutors showed pictures of Stewart's body to the jury.

They said Dudley's level of paranoia was not normal.

Prosecutors told the jury that Dudley could have stashed the gun easily by putting it anywhere in town, such as a dumpster, a storm drain or somewhere similar.

Dudley faces five to 99 years or life in prison.

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