Jul 16, 2014 10:04 PM by Marissa Esquivel
PHOENIX - Evidence showed that a man killed the mother of his two young children but stabbing her multiple times.
Willard John, 36, from Cibecue, AZ, was found guilty of Second Degree Murder by a federal jury in Phoenix on July 11.
The evidence at the trial showed that on March 19, 2012, he stabbed the mother of his children multiple times and cutting her neck with a pair of scissors.
Following the murder, investigators say he cut his own throat, but survived his injuries. The evidence revealed that John had been physically abusing the victim for years prior to the murder.
The case was tried before U.S. District Judge James A. Teilborg. The defendant, who remains in custody, is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Teilborg on October 15, 2014.
A conviction for Second Degree Murder carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.