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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Justin Hurd didn't show any emotion at the start of the proceedings to determine if he lives or dies.

On Monday, a Mecklenburg County jury convicted him of first-degree murder in the slayings of Kevin Young, Kinshasa Wagstaff and Jasmine Hines.

The bodies of Young and Wagstaff were found in a house fire on Patricia Ryan Drive back in 2008; Hines was found in a car a short distance away.

Two family members took the stand for Hurd and they didn't show any emotion, nor did they beg for his life.

His mother Kimberly Hurd described some of his childhood pictures to the jury as attorneys tried to remind them that the defendant is a human being.

That's a picture of Justin. I'd say he was about 4 or 5, said Hurd. She didn't beg for his life.
That's a picture of Justin and I, he was 3-years-old we were at my mother's house.

Defense attorneys hope the photographs will help to humanize Hurd in the eyes of jurors.

Timothy Pope, his uncle, said he had a difficult upbringing. Hurd was raised by his grandparents and never had much contact with his biological father.

He was very small when that happened. When he was in his school years, middle school, high school, I don't think there was any, said Pope.

The defense team also put on a couple of witnesses to show that since Hurd has been in jail, he has not gotten into trouble and has even helped some inmates get there GED s.

Math was his strong suit, so that's generally the area that students had the most difficulty, but if they needed help with reading or anything else he'd help them, said Tanya Richards a Mecklenburg County Jail Volunteer.

Prosecutors don't plan to put on evidence. The jury could get the case Thursday afternoon.

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