Harden Found Guilty

By: Doug Korstanje Email
By: Doug Korstanje Email

She said it was self-defense, but a jury in Huntington says it was murder. The jury convicted Tanya Harden this morning of first degree murder in the shooting death of her husband Danuel three years ago.

The jury came back with the verdict minutes after beginning their third day of deliberations.
Earlier it appeared they might have trouble reaching a verdict or come up a lesser charge.

Tanya did provide evidence she'd been abused by her husband.
But prosecutors say they proved Tanya executed Danuel while he was on the couch in their home in Culloden.

There were tears and emotion on both sides of the courtroom when the verdict came down.
Danuel's family decided to let Tanya have mercy in sentencing, meaning she will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

The prosecutor says this is an example that victims of domestic violence cannot take the law in to their own hands.

Everyone agreed the jury had a tough decision but with almost 10 hours of deliberation, it was clear they put plenty of thought in to what punishment Tanya deserved.

Harden was taken directly into custody as soon as the verdict was read.

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