Jury Convicts Activist in Deadly Arizona Home Invasion

February 14, 2011 - 4:25 PM

Tucson, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona jury has found the leader of an anti-illegal immigrant group guilty in a home invasion that left a 9-year-old girl and her father dead.

Prosecutors say the break-in was an attempt to steal drug money to fund border operations.

A Tucson jury found Monday that Shawna Forde was guilty of the May 2009 killings of 29-year-old Raul Flores and his 9-year-old daughter Brisenia at their home in Arivaca, a desert community about 10 miles north of Mexico.

The 42-year-old Forde had pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and other charges stemming from the home invasion.

Court supervisor Cheryl Thompson said the jury will return Tuesday to begin the penalty phase.