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Alicia DeBolt Murder: Adam Longoria guilty of capital murder

Adam Longoria listens to a guilty verdict being read during his trial in Barton County District Court in Great Bend, Kan., Friday, April 6, 2012. Longoria was found guilty of capital murder. AP Photo

Adam Longoria watches the jury enter the courtroom during his trial in Barton County District Court in Great Bend, Kan., Friday, April 6, 2012.
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(CBS/AP) A jury on Friday convicted Adam Longoria of capital murder in the killing of 14-year-old cheerleader Alicia DeBolt, whose charred body was found at the asphalt plant where he worked.

Longoria, 38, stood and stared straight at jurors, wearing a blank expression as the judge polled each of them to confirm the decision. 

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The jury had deliberated less than four hours after closing arguments capped six days of testimony about the August 2010 murder.

Longoria was also found guilty of lesser charges including aggravated criminal sodomy and attempted rape, reports CBS affiliate KWCH.

Prosecutors said Longoria was "obsessed" with the teenage cheerleader, and that he lured her into his vehicle after texting her about a party on the weekend before she was supposed to start her freshman year in high school.

During Friday's closing arguments, prosecutors recounted the hundreds of text messages that Longoria exchanged with DeBolt before the teen's death. Prosecutor Kevin O'Connor also noted that Longoria's semen was found mixed with DeBolt's DNA in his vehicle.

The defense conceded that the relationship between the then-36-year-old man and the teenage girl was inappropriate but insisted he didn't kill her.

To convict Longoria of capital murder, jurors had to determine not only that he killed DeBolt but that he committed criminal sodomy or attempted rape during the slaying. Jurors also were allowed to consider lesser charges such as first-degree murder and second-degree murder.

According to CBS affiliate KWCH, sentencing is scheduled for June 8. Longoria will not face the death penalty, but could be sentenced to life without parole.

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