More than six years after 35-year-old Nicole Bush was found shot, stabbed, beaten and left for dead in her Julington Creek townhome, a St. Johns County jury has convicted her estranged husband of murder in the case.
The jury deliberated just over an hour before finding Sean Alonzo Bush guilty of first-degree murder and burglary with an assault.
The clerk read the verdict around 10:30 a.m. in Circuit Judge Howard Maltz’s courtroom, bringing to an end the guilt phase of the trial that began July 24.
Jurors will return to Maltz’s courtroom on Aug. 14 to begin the penalty phase of the trial and decide Bush’s sentence.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case.
Nicole Bush’s mother, Cynthia Thompson, who travelled to the area from Detroit and sat through every minute of the six-day trial, wept silently as the verdict was read.
“It’s been six long years,” she said after court. “Sometimes I wanted to give up but I knew justice would be served eventually.”