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Talk Show Verdict: Guilty Again

Jurors produced the final episode of the so-called "talk show murder case." Jonathan Schmitz has once again been convicted.

The verdict means Schmitz faces up to life in prison. His sentencing is slated for Sept. 14.

As the verdict was read, Schmitz hung his head, stared down and clasped his hands under his chin. He also was found guilty of a felony firearm charge.

The 12-member Oakland County Circuit Court jury deliberated less than three hours before reaching the verdict. During their deliberations, jurors asked to see a suggestive note with a blinking construction light that Amedure left on Schmitz's door the night before the shooting.

It was the third time a jury has debated who was responsible for the shooting, which sparked a national debate over the tactics used by ambush-style television shows, reports CBS News Correspondent Drew Levinson.

In closing arguments Wednesday, Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Donna Pendergast said, "Because you're embarrassed ,you don't take a human life. The only reason that murder is an issue is that Scott Amedure was gay and his (Schmitz's) manhood, so to speak, was insulted on national TV. Well you know what? Get over it."

Throughout this murder trial, Schmitz's attorney has pointed the finger at Scott Amedure, blaming the victim for his own death.

"See, what happens is, Scott Amedure lights a fuse. And every time the fuse begins to wicker out, he keeps relighting the fuse," said attorney Jerome Sabbota.

Unlike the first trial, Schmitz's defense has not been able to bring up his mental history as a factor in the killing. Sabbota has also refrained from blaming the show, as Schmitz's lawyers did in his first trial.

Instead, Sabbota sought to show that Amedure sparked his own death by pursuing Schmitz.

Schmitz, center, is hugged by Scott Amedure in a video image shown during the The Jenny Jones Show trial.
Schmitz and Amedure appeared on a 1995 taping of The Jenny Jones Show. On the program about same-sex secret crushes, Amedure admitted he had fantasies about Schmitz. The show never aired. Three days later, Amedure was shot to death. Schmitz admitted to police he did it.
"He said, 'He's gay and I'm not. He wouldn't leave me alone. That's why I did it,'" said officer Arthur Couture, quoting Schmitz.

Schmitz's father, Allyn Schmitz, said his son worried that viewers of the episode might wrongly believe he was gay.

"'That thing in Chicago didn't work out too good for me,'" the elder Schmitz quoted his son as saying after returning from the taping.

In the spring, Amedure's family won a $25 million civil suit against Jones' show, agreeing it played part in the murder by ambushing an emotionally unstable Schmitz with the news of Amedure's affection.