Shelby man guilty on two counts of capital murder

Chilton County jurors found James Osgood guilty on two counts of capital murder May 9. Officers with the Chilton County Sheriff's Department escorted Osgood (left) out of the courthouse in handcuffs.

Chilton County jurors found James Osgood guilty on two counts of capital murder May 9. Officers with the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department escorted Osgood (left) out of the Chilton County courthouse in handcuffs.

By EMILY ETHEREDGE / Special to the Reporter

Chilton County jurors found James Osgood guilty on two counts of capital murder on May 9.

Jurors deliberated one hour before arriving at the verdict.

The two counts of capital murder involve murder in commission of rape in the first degree and murder in commission of sodomy in the first degree.

Chilton County Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds recessed court for the day and told jurors the sentencing phase of the trial will begin at 9 a.m. Monday.

Jurors will hear evidence from both the prosecution and defense regarding the sentences available.

Reynolds explained to jurors that sentences available for capital murder include the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

As the guilty verdicts were read in court, Osgood stared straight ahead and showed no emotion. Shortly after, officers with the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department escorted him out of the courtroom in handcuffs.