Jury convicts man in stabbing deaths of woman, 2 kids

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP)   A jury in Little Rock deliberated for less than 30 minutes Thursday before convicting a man of capital murder for the killings of a 24-year-old woman and her two young children in 2017.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, prosecutors had waived the death penalty so jurors could only sentence Michael Ivory Collins to life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors said Collins and another man killed Mariah Cunningham and her two children as part of a botched robbery. The second man charged in the case, William Burnell Alexander, is scheduled to stand trial next month.

Prosecutors say Cunningham and her son and daughter were stabbed multiple times.

Collins’ attorneys did not call any witnesses but questioned some of the DNA evidence presented at trial.

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