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Oscar Senior found guilty of all charges related to 2012 murder

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A Columbus jury deliberates for less than hour before sending a man to prison for the rest of his life.

Oscar Senior, 31, was found guilty of all charges related to the 2012 murder of Charles Willis.

"Happy , excited, thankful," the family of slain father of two Charles Willis proclaimed moments after the verdict.  

After the trial the family hugged Assistant District Attorney Don Kelly, thanking him, moments after learning Senior would spend the rest of his life in prison for Willis' murder.  They say the past two years have been difficult.  

"We miss his phones calls, seeing him, the laughter, " the victim's sister Shauntaviaus Willis said. 

The jury deliberated for about 45 minutes before convicting Senior on all five charges of Malice murder, felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and aggravated assault.

Senior shot Willis in the head at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Lawyers Lane on April 13th, 20-12. 

"I appreciate everything Don Kelly and his team did for us. It's closure as of right now but we're still going home without Charles."

Assistant District Attorney  Kelly said Columbus is safer now that Senior is off the streets.

"Because Mr. Senior had a long criminal history. He was a dangerous person," Kelly claimed. 

Kelley reports Senior has a prior record of convictions including: 

1. Criminal damage to property

2. Poss. of cocaine

3. Criminal damage to prop., 2nd

4. Violation. of GA controlled sub act

5. Arson, 2nd degree 

Kelly said this is the quickest murder trial he has ever prosecuted. He believed it was due to strong evidence.

"We're very happy with the verdict. We felt like the jury considered all of the evidence and came to the right conclusion," Kelly explained. 

The victim's family says Senior's conviction is bittersweet. 

"The punishment that you've gotten is deserved but if I could have had it any other way, I wanted his family to feel what our family felt," the victim's aunt Ladell Baskin added. 

Senior's defense attorney public defender Vicki Novak argued there was a second shooter during closing arguments,  Kelly said there was no concrete evidence supporting that claim.

While leaving the courtroom Senior told his parents he loved them.Novak said she was disappointed with the verdict and plans to file an appeal.

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