5:20 PM CDT, July 26, 2010
EDINBURG, Texas -- A jury has found a south Texas man guilty of capital murder for beheading his common-law wife's three children in 2003.
The Hidalgo County jury deliberated for about three hours Monday before returning its verdict.
It was the second trial for 29-year-old John Allen Rubio of Brownsville.
A state appeals court overturned his previous conviction and death sentence in 2007, saying the children's mother had wrongly been allowed to testify.
Bodies of the three children, all younger than 4, were found on March 11, 2003, in a squalid Brownsville apartment.
Rubio initially said he killed them because they were possessed.
The trial now moves to a punishment phase, in which prosecutors plan to again seek the death penalty.