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Verdict Reached for 72-year-old Woman Charged with Murder

Updated: Friday, November 8 2013, 08:34 AM EST
HAMILTON, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A Butler Co. jury found a 72-year-old woman guilty of murder in the death of her friend's sister Thursday night.

The jury rejected Delores "Dee Dee" Jackson's claim of self-defense in the death of Diana Ross-Ray last June. Jackson had been drinking when she went to the home of Ross-Ray's sister, Dorothy, prosecutors said. Jackson claimed Ross-Ray attacked her and she stabbed her to get her off of her and to protect herself. Ross-Ray bled to death after she was stabbed in the heart.

"I am so sorry. I didn't mean for this to happen. All of y'all was my friends. Sorry Dot. Sorry Bo. I'm sorry. I'm sorry," Jackson said tearfully as she turned to Ross-Ray's family as she was sentenced.

Ross-Ray was 56 years old. She had children and siblings that were in the courtroom throughout the trial. Her daughter, Victorya, spoke during the sentencing. "I'm not mad at you, Dee Dee. And I don't hate you. And hopefully one day I can forgive you. But I don't got my mama. I'm never going to have it," Ross said.

Jackson's family seemed stunned and sobbed as the verdicts were read. "I just wanted to say to the family that we're very sorry for what happened. But we know that Dee Dee did not mean to kill her. We know that," said Carol Ramsey, Jackson's sister.

The jury could have convicted Jackson of the lesser included offense of involuntary manslaughter. The murder charge carries a mandatory life sentence of 15 years to life in prison.  Jackson was also found guilty of tampering with evidence for hiding the knife she used to stab Ross-Ray and her bloody shirt.

Jackson will be eligible for parole when she's 87. An appeal is likely.

Verdict Reached for 72-year-old Woman Charged with Murder

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