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Former JBER Soldier Convicted of Murdering Wife

By Abby Hancock, Reporter (Social Issues, Youth Issues, and 2 Your Health), ahancock@ktuu.com
Published On: Jun 13 2014 06:34:12 PM AKDT

Abby Hancock/KTUU

ANCHORAGE -

A jury has found a former JBER soldier guilty of murdering his wife.

Late Friday afternoon, the jury in the David Lopez murder trial, returned guilty verdicts on all four counts against Lopez for the December 2012 crime. Lopez was found guilty of shooting and killing his wife Sara Lopez after the Office of Children's Services took the couple's two year-old daughter away.

The state argued Lopez blamed his wife for OCS involvement.

He was convicted of first and second-degree murder for her death, along with terroristic threatening in the second degree for threatening to "shoot everyone" at OCS with an AK-47. Lopez was also found guilty of resisting arrest.

Prosecutor Clint Campion said on Friday that it was important for the state to have an opportunity to advocate for Sara Lopez.

"She had no family here, nobody came for her and so it was really APD and the DA's office standing up for her so we're pleased with the jury's outcome," said Campion.

The defense declined comment on Friday. Lopez' sentencing date has been set for October 3. He faces up to 99 years in prison.