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Man found guilty in shooting of wife outside Sandy Springs home

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A jury found Michael Parson guilty on all eight counts in the shooting of his wife outside their Sandy Springs apartment. The woman, Adina Parson, survived after being shot eight times.

Parson, who chose not to testify in his own defense, was convicted on charges of aggravated assault, attempted murder and other charges.

Prosecutors said that Parson wanted to kill his wife so that he could marry another woman.

Jurors spent Thursday morning watching and listening to a videotaped statement Parson gave police as they investigated his wife's shooting.  On tape, Parson admitted that he cheated on his wife with a co-worker, who became his fiancée.  He also said he had sex with that co-worker while his wife struggled to survive in a hospital.  

Parson told investigators he realized that didn't sound right, but insisted he did not shoot his wife.  

On Wednesday, it was revealed that Parson lied about having spinal cancer, and was not actually receiving treatments at the time his wife was shot.  Prosecutors also read a letter Parson wrote to his fiancée, Rachel Harner.  

Before the shooting, prosecutors say Adina Parson was a young, successful lawyer who worked a lot, engaged in couple's activities with her husband, and volunteered at church.  The state says her husband was leading a double life, and was engaged to Harner, a young soldier he met when she was just 19 years old.  

The state says Parson found a friend, created an alibi and then shot his wife outside of their home.

"The perfect murder…except for two things: Number one, Adina Parson didn't die. And number two, [Michael] knows nothing about cellphone records, and that was his undoing," said prosecutor Linda Dunikowski.

As a result of the shooting, Adina Parson lost her eye, is barely able to walk and talk, and is confined to a wheelchair. Family members said that the conviction closes a horrible chapter in Adina's life.

The jury began deliberations late Thursday and the verdict was returned about an hour later.

Jurors said that cell phone evidence helped to convince them of Parson's guilt.

"I think the smoking gun was the cell tower evidence. That was the smoking gun. But everything led back to him," said Cesar Martin, a juror in the trial.

The sentencing phase will begin on Friday morning.

Follow @aungeliqueFOX5 on Twitter for live updates from the courtroom.

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