Justin Sizemore, who was on trial for the death of Christopher Hoffpauir in 2010, was found guilty of second degree murder and criminal conspiracy to commit second degree murder by a jury Wednesday evening.


Justin Sizemore, who was on trial for the death of Christopher Hoffpauir in 2010, was found guilty of second degree murder and criminal conspiracy to commit second degree murder by a jury Wednesday evening.
The jury began deliberations just after 6 p.m. Wednesday, and returned with a verdict just before 7:45 p.m. After the verdict was read, Sizemore's attorney, Tony Tillman, asked that the jury be polled.
A poll of the jury revealed a unanimous verdict. During deliberations, jurors had the option to find Sizemore guilty as charged, guilty of manslaughter, guilty of negligent homicide or not guilty.
The verdict was reached after Sizemore's previous two trials, held in October of 2011 and February of this year, ended in mistrials. In the first trial, jurors could not reach a verdict after nearly four hours of deliberation, and during the second trial, a mistrial was declared after the prosecution, led by Scott Westerchil and Ronald Seastrunk, allegedly withheld evidence from Sizemore's defense team.
District Attorney Asa Skinner said that it would not be "long" before Sizemore is sentenced, and that he was pleased with the outcome.
"We feel like justice has finally been served," Skinner said, noting that he thought Westerchil and Seastrunk "did an outstanding job in such a difficult case."
Sizemore had been charged in 2010 of murder in connection with the death of Christopher Hoffpauir, whose body was found on the morning of June 14, 2010 along Garwood Busby Road just inside Vernon Parish. Sizemore was arrested by Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office detectives on June 17 of that year.