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The Latest: Man charged in double slaying found not guilty

October 8, 2016

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a man accused of killing his aunt and uncle in western Colorado (all times local):

6:50 p.m.

A jury has found a man accused of killing his aunt and uncle in the western Colorado town of El Jebel not guilty by reason of insanity.

Jurors acquitted 35-year-old Williams Amaya on Friday of two counts of first-degree murder stemming from the July 12, 2014, deaths of 40-year-old Mayra Lopez and her husband, 42-year-old Eliseo Lopez. Each was shot four times.

Amaya will be committed to the state hospital and will not be released until it’s determined that he no longer has a mental condition that could make him a danger to himself or others.

Investigators say Amaya told them he killed the couple because they disparaged his family, who he said consisted of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and John McCain. He also claimed to be the “son of Lucifer.”

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12:10 p.m.

The jury is deliberating whether a man accused of killing his aunt and uncle in the western Colorado town of El Jebel is sane.

The Aspen Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2e8ZaAJ) that jurors began deliberation Thursday in the case of 35-year-old Williams Amaya, who is accused of killing 40-year-old Mayra Lopez and her husband, 42-year-old Eliseo Lopez.

Amaya is accused of shooting the couple July 12, 2014, at their home. The coroner says each was shot four times.

Investigators say Amaya told them he killed the couple because they disparaged his family, who he said consisted of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and John McCain.

Amaya’s attorneys say he was not sane at the time of the killings.