Jeffrey VanVels has been found guilty of the 1st degree murder of GRPD Officer Bob Kozminski, who was shot to death while responding to a domestic violence call in July 2007.
VanVels was also found guilty of possession of a fire arm in the commission of a capitol offence.
VIDEO and AUDIO
Chief Belk statment on ValVel's verdict
Kozminski family statement on the ValVel's verdict
UNCUT: VanVels Guilty of 1st Degree Murder
UNCUT: ValVels Trial - Prosecution Complete Closing
UNCUT: ValVels Trial - Defense Complete Closing
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VanVels will be sentenced on April 16, 2008.
The prosecution finished its case on Wednesday, then the defense rested without presenting a case on Wednesday morning.
In his closing for the Prosecution, William Forsyth asked the jury to determine what VanVels was thinking when he pulled the trigger.
He also asked the jury to consider all the evidence when making their decision.
Forsyth finished his closing at about 10:20AM.
Patrick Lannen began his closing for the defense stating that he would present the facts as he recalled them.
Lannen asked that the jury, based on the evidence, return a verdict of involuntary manslaughter.
Tuesday, one of the 14 jurors was excused for medical reasons.
In court on Monday, crime scene technicians displayed photos from inside the VanVels garage where police say the shooting happened.
Prosecuters displayed evidence detailing VanVels experience with guns.
Certificates and medals that VanVels won in skeet shooting competition were presented to the jury.
Later, the tape of the police interrogation of Jeffrey VanVels was played.
A request by VanVels' attorney Patrick Lannen to throw out the confession was denied by Kent County Circuit Judge George Buth.