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Seminole grandmother found guilty in Ill. murder

A Seminole woman accused of gunning down her granddaughter's estranged husband in Illinois has been found guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of solicitation of murder.

A jury convicted Shirley Skinner, 75, of the crimes Thursday in an Illinois courtroom.

She faces 45 years in prison and will be sentenced June 11, according to the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill.

Steven Watkins, 32, died from a single gunshot to the back of the head Nov. 25, 2008, at Skinner's home in Ashland, Ill.

Watkins had gone to the home for a court-ordered visitation that day. He and Skinner's granddaughter, Jennifer Watkins, were in the midst of a bitter custody dispute.

Several other family members were at the home at the time of the killing, but none cooperated with authorities, according to the State Journal-Register.

Shortly after the slaying, Skinner and her granddaughter traveled to Seminole, where Skinner owns a mobile home. Authorities arrested her in October as she left a Clearwater pizza restaurant with family members.

Seminole grandmother found guilty in Ill. murder 05/07/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 7, 2010 5:15pm]
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