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Guilty verdict
Jury convicts of first-degree murder
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Chad Thompson could spend the rest of his life in jail after he was convicted Thursday for the brutal murder of his cousin, who was beaten to death with a hammer before his body was dumped in the Collins River.Thompson, 34, was found guilty on charges of first-degree murder and facilitation of aggravated robbery for the November 2011 killing of his cousin, Tracy Martin, 38. The conviction brings an automatic sentence of life in prison, a sentence which will officially be imposed at 1 p.m., April 10 by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley.In the meantime, Thompson will remain held without bond at Warren County Jail where he has been an inmate since his arrest for the murder last February.Maintaining his innocence to the end, Thompson predicted he would not be convicted following the first day of his two-day trial.“They don’t have anything,” Thompson said during a short conversation with the Southern Standard. “I told you I didn’t do it.”In an interview with the Standard before his arrest, Thompson said was being followed and harassed by officers and was being blamed for a crime he did not commit.