Man barred from testifying at murder trial found guilty

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Posted: Oct 22, 2015 4:23 PM

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man barred from testifying at his murder trial after he asked jurors to "vote not guilty" has been convicted of killing his wife in front of their two children.

NJ.com reports that Ewart Guillette was convicted Thursday (http://bit.ly/1hXSUZx ) after the jury deliberated for less than three hours.

His wife, Stacey, was shot 16 times with two handguns in 2010.

Guillette was not in the courtroom when the verdict was reached.

Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim warned Guillette three times not to talk to the jury before prohibiting him from testifying Wednesday.

Before the trial began, the judge dismissed potential jurors because of statements Guillette made in the courtroom. Guillette was banned from the courtroom except when his 13-year-old son testified and identified Guillette as the shooter.