STORY COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9)- Alexander Kozak has been found guilty of first degree murder. Kozak did not react when the verdict was read.
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Kozak, 23, shot and killed Andrea Farrington, 20, at the Coral Ridge Mall on June 12. Kozak's attorney attempted to argue during the two week trial that he suffered from a "mental defect" at the time of the shooting.
The jury took just 90 minutes to deliberate the case. They considered possible convictions of first degree murder, second murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.
After the verdict Farrington's family members put on shirts that said "Andrea justice has been served."
"We're all one great big family," Cheryl Farrington, Andrea's mother said after the verdict was read. "There's no words to express the gratitude."
Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness thanked all the people at the mall who came forward to share their stories and help with the conviction.
Sentencing has been set for June 6 at the Johnson County courthouse. Kozak will face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
"It's unfortunate that a young man like this, and a young girl like have to lose their life under such a circumstance," Kozak's attorney Alfredo Parrish said before leaving the courthouse.