The jury heard weeks of testimony and deliberated for days before returning the verdict against Dr. Yazeed Essa. In the end, they agreed with prosecutors: Yazeed Essa had poisoned his wife by lacing her calcium supplements with cyanide - and that's what caused the fatal car crash. He is guilty of aggravated murder.
After his wife's death, Essa fled to Lebanon. Last year, he gave up an extradition fight and was returned from Cyprus to Ohio. He now faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 20 years.
As the verdict was announced, family members of Rosemarie Essa held hands. After jurors left the courtroom, the victim's family hugged police and prosecutors. While leaving the courtroom, defense attorney Mark Marein said: "We're disappointed." The doctor's relatives would not comment. Rosemarie Essa's brother, Dominic DiPuccio, said the family was delighted with the jury's decision.
Sentencing is set for Tuesday.
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