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Guilty verdict for Rockford man on trial for mother's murder

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A jury finds a Rockford man guilty of killing his own mother.

Franklin Byrd has been on trial for more than a week.  After several hours of deliberations, a jury returned a guilty but mentally ill verdict on murder and armed robbery charges late Thursday afternoon.  Byrd shot his mother Leslie Byrd several times at their Greenwood Avenue home in Rockford in May of 2009.  Prosecutors say Byrd knew what he was doing, but the defense said he was mentally ill.

Byrd will be back in court again next week to find out when he'll be sentenced.

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