Jury Convicts California Woman of Killing Her Math Teacher Husband in Retrial
After shooting, Julie Harper allegedly took her children our for lunch
Late last week, Julie Harper, the 42-year-old California woman accused in her husband’s 2012 murder, was found guilty of second-degree murder and intentional discharge of a firearm, PEOPLE confirms.
Tanya Sierra, the public affairs officer for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, says 12 jurors deemed Harper guilty last Thursday.
The former realtor faces 40 years to life behind bars at her sentencing, which has been scheduled for Nov. 5.
Harper was arrested soon after police discovered her husband’s lifeless body in their Carlsbad, California, residence.
According to police, Harper shot Jason Harper – a math teacher who’d fathered her three children – in the heart. After the killing, prosecutors allege she took her kids out to eat before spending time with them in an indoor playground.
The state first tried Harper for her husband’s murder last year. But a deadlocked jury forced the judge to declare a mistrial.
In the wake of her arrest and throughout both of her two trials, Harper maintained her innocence, claiming she shot her husband in self-defense.
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