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A verdict was reached in the double murder trial of Patrick Latko. The 34-year-old was found guilty of murdering a man and the man's mother in a fit of jealous rage. NBC10's Ted Greenberg has the story.
The jury has reached a guilty verdict in the double murder trial of Patrick Latko.
NBC10's Ted Greenberg was inside the courtroom when the verdict was announced. Latko was found guilty on all counts.
The 34-year-old is accused of killing his friend, Ryan Patterson and his mother Diana Patterson, in their Hammonton home in November 2011.
Prosecutors say that Latko was jealous of Ryan because he had been spending time with his ex-girlfriend Holly.
Ryan was stabbed more than 20 times and his mom was stabbed more than 10 times, investigators say.
"He saw Ryan Patterson as an obstacle for reconciliation, so he murdered him," said Cary Shill, the Atlantic County assistant prosecutor.
Last week, Holly told jurors she became intimate with Ryan months after refusing Latko's marriage proposal. Holly says Latko had become obsessively jealous and controlling in their relationship.
She also said Latko confronted her and Ryan in September of 2011, two months before the murders. "He said, 'I can't believe you would do this to me,'" said Holly.
In court last week, prosecutors played the 911call Patterson made the morning he was murdered. Prosecutors say the victim begged for his life and identified Latko in the recording, crying out "Pat, I didn't do anything, please."
Latko's lawyer, Kevin Moses, has maintained his client's innocence.