NELIGH, Neb. — Matthew Hinrichsen, 33, of Ewing, Neb., was convicted Monday of murdering his former girlfriend and her new husband.
The burned remains of Victoria Lee and Alex Vargas were found on Dec. 8, 2012, in the trailer where Vargas lived east of Ewing. Vargas died from three gunshot wounds, and Lee died from acute traumatic blunt force trauma to the head.
The jury of seven men and five women deliberated about 30 minutes Friday afternoon after five days of testimony concluded in Antelope County District Court here.
Deliberations resumed Monday at 8:30 a.m.
The jury asked to hear the 911 call made by Lee at 12:17 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2012. The courtroom was cleared and the jury re-entered the room to listen to the evidence. The recording was played twice.
Twenty minutes later, the jury announced a verdict had been reached. The verdict was read and the jury polled at 11:45 a.m.
In addition to the murder convictions, Hinrichsen was found guilty of possessing a firearm while committing a felony and use of a firearm to commit a felony.
Hinrichsen will be sentenced on Jan. 28, 2014, and could face life in prison.
Mike Hinrichsen, Matthew's brother, issued the following statement after the verdict: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the events of Dec. 8, 2012. We are thankful for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. We deeply regret that critical evidence and testimony were not allowed to be shown to the jury that, in our opinion, could help to better answer why this tragedy occurred. We love and support our brother and son, Matthew."
The families of Lee and Vargas did not immediately comment.