EDGARD, La. A jury took only three hours to convict a Reserve couple in the beating death of their son six years ago.
Errol and Tonya Victor were both convicted in the killing. Errol, the father, was convicted of second-degree murder, while Tonya was convicted of manslaughter in the death of M.L. Lloyd.
The trial received a lot of attention as the couple elected to go without seasoned lawyers and represent themselves.
Police had alleged that they beat their 8-year-old son to death in 2008 after he ate an ice cream snack.
The Couple was featured in America's Most Wanted after fleeing from jurisdiction.
The trial featured the Victors occasionally testifying when they were supposed to be questioning witnesses. It left veteran court observers and prosecutors shaking their heads.
'I've never been through anything like this trial,' said Julie Cullen, a special assistant district attorney. 'I've been a prosecutor for 37 years and I have never been through anything like this case.'
The speed with which the verdict was reached had some 75 court observers running back to the courtroom. Only one of the Victors' 13 sons was on hand, saying the others didn't expect the verdict to come back so quickly.
The Victors contended that Lloyd died in an asthma attack and while fighting with his brothers. After the verdict, and as they were being hauled off to prison, Errol Victor remained defiant.
'Victory is still ours,' he said. 'It's going to be overturned. It was wrong and everybody see it was wrong.'
Tonya Victor echoed the sentiment. 'It was ignorance on the jury's part,' she said.
Cullen said the jurors were swayed by the graphic pictures of Lloyd's body.
'The photographs, literally, in this case spoke for themselves,' she said. 'I mean, the extent and severity of the injuries this child suffered were so clear and so brutal that I don't think any of the Victor children, nor Mrs. Victor testified in any way consistent with what was so obvious on those photographs.'
Some civil rights groups complained that the Victors had their rights violated repeatedly.