Jackson guilty of second degree murder

Published: Feb. 21, 2009 at 10:21 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 22, 2009 at 1:28 PM CST
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By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Jurors in Memphis found Noura Jackson guilty of second degree murder Saturday in the 2005 stabbing death of her mother, Jennifer Jackson.

Jurors deliberated for more than nine hours before returning with their verdict.

As Noura Jackson awaited the verdict, tears streamed down her face. She hung her head as it was announced: guilty of second degree murder.
Noura Jackson's family members were present, but not to support her. They sat in the court room in support of her late mother.

The family members who had testified against Noura Jackson showed no emotion upon hearing her fate.
A high school friend of Noura Jackson said "We'll just stay positive. It's not over." 
Prosectors said Noura Jackson stabbed her mother more than 50 times. They argued Noura was angry at her mother's efforts to end her daughter's lifestyle of partying and drug use, and that Noura killed her mother for inheritance money.

But Noura Jackson contended the stabbing was the work of an intruder.
Jackson's attorney argued that prosecutors didn't have any scientific evidence linking Jackson to the crime scene.
Valerie Cordor said her client was having a tough time with the verdict. "She's very upset, very upset," she said. "She's crying. She's on her way back to Jail East."
Cordor says she plans to file a motion for a new trial. "To put the character of a child on trial, and prohibit the inquiry of the character of those who are demonizing her - I don't think is a fair playing field."
Prosectors and jurors had no comments Saturday. 
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