Ferris found guilty of double murder

Published: Jul. 13, 2011 at 3:37 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2011 at 10:38 PM CDT
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BENTON, IL (KFVS) - A jury has found a 21-year-old woman guilty in the 2009 double murder of two women in West Frankfort.

The jury found Afton Ferris guilty on six counts including murder, home invasion and armed robbery. She pleaded not guilty.

Kandis Majors and Terri Seibeck were shot death in their West Frankfort home in October 2009.

When Ferris walked out the courthouse doors witnesses say there were tears in her eyes.

When the verdict was read, family members of those killed were crying and witnesses say there were also some tears in the eyes of the jurors.

Terri Ann Seibeck's grandmother said her "stomach dropped when she heard the verdict."

"This is justice for both Kandis and Terri Ann," said Seibeck's aunt.

The defense says they plan to appeal the verdict.

Afton was returned to the Franklin County Jail where she will remain until she returns to the courthouse in a few weeks for sentencing.

In a taped interview with police a short time after her arrest in Colorado, Ferris told officers Majors was moaning and groaning so she shot her in the eye.

On Monday, Ferris said she told officers that, but didn't do it.  She said she lied to office to protect her boyfriend Michael Schallert who is charged with the murders.

Ferris said she had used drugs and only remembers parts of that night.

She added the murders were Schallert's idea.

The jury was made up of nine women and three men.

The judge told Schallert he no longer faces the death penalty due to a change in Illinois law.

Instead, now if Schallert is found guilty on two counts of murder he faces life in prison.

Schallert's trial is set for the beginning of September.

He has pleaded not guilty.

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