According to KBTX-TV of Bryan and College Station, the Brazos
County jury deliberated about three hours before returning its
verdict against 26-year-old John Darrell Thuesen. He's accused of
the March 2009 deaths of 21-year-old Rachel Kate Joiner and her
23-year-old brother and fellow A&M student, Travis Wilson Joiner.
Thuesen was arrested at the College Station home where the siblings
The penalty phase of the trial is scheduled to begin Friday
morning. The jury will have to choose between the death penalty and
life imprisonment for Thuesen.
Prosecutors have suggested Thuesen was jealous after seeing
Rachel Joiner with another former boyfriend. Defense attorneys
contend that he was mentally impaired and didn't mean to kill the