FREDERICK, Md. – A Frederick County has convicted a woman of first-degree murder in the stabbing of her grandmother.
The jury deliberated more than four hours before convicting 20-year-old Hestina Harris on Thursday. Prosecutors say she stabbed her grandmother, 67-year-old Lillie Morris, 20 times on Dec. 22, 2014.
Morris was found bleeding on the front lawn of the Burkittsville-area home she shared with her husband, her granddaughter and Harris' 4-month-old daughter.
Harris had told police she saw a man in a ski mask running from the house.
The Frederick News-Post reports (http://bit.ly/1RTva6v ) the trial will continue Monday to determine if Harris is criminally responsible for the slaying. Defense attorneys say they'll present evidence that mental illness rendered her not criminally responsible.
Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, http://www.fredericknewspost.com