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Jury finds Lamar County woman guilty of murder

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

A jury has found a Lamar County woman guilty of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Closing arguments in the Natasha Graham murder case ended at approximately 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The jury was released to deliberate the verdict and returned at 1:15 p.m.

Graham and two others were charged in the 2008 death of 23-year-old mother of two Tabitha Hartfield. Also charged in the death are her boyfriend at the time Ethan Dakota Dixon and Tabitha's husband Robert Hartfield.

At the end of May in 2008 Hartfield's body was found in a shallow grave off of Purvis to Columbia Road. She apparently had been strangled and her wrists had been slit.

In the opening phase of the trial a 911 call made by Graham was played in which she said she killed her cousin Tabitha. During day two of the trial a forensic pathologist testified that the likely cause of death was strangulation.

The prosecution rested shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday. The defense rested without calling any witnesses and Graham did not take the stand in her own defense.

Graham is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder and is the first of the three to go on trial.

A sentencing hearing for Graham is set of April 20 in Pearl River County. For conspiracy she faces up to 20 years in prison, for murder, the minimum sentence is life behind bars.

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