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Eddie Jackson found guilty

Guilty: Eddie Jackson (Source: CPSO) Guilty: Eddie Jackson (Source: CPSO)
Missing: Tracy Winslow Missing: Tracy Winslow

A Caddo Parish jury has convicted Eddie Jackson of the kidnapping and arson charges filed against him in a case involving his missing ex-girlfriend, Tracy Winslow.

The jury took just more than an hour to return the verdict after closing arguments ended shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Jackson is accused of kidnapping Winslow and burning her car in January 2011. She hasn't been seen since.

During closing arguments Friday morning, Caddo Parish District Attorney's office prosecutors focused on what they called their strongest evidence -- cell phone activity by Jackson close to the spot of Winslow's burned out car.

Prosecutors argued that Jackson tracked and harassed Winslow on the last night anyone ever saw her.

Jackson's defense attorneys said in their closing that Caddo Sheriff's office investigators tried to confuse or trick Jackson, and that the investigators were not speaking the truth.

But prosecutors rebutted that argument, saying that Jackson had every opportunity to prove his innocence. They said Jackson could not answer the simplest of questions, namely why he made a phone call at the exact spot of Winslow's burned out car before she was even reported missing.

Judge Ramona Emanuel set August 8 as a tentative date for Jackson to return to court to obtain setting. A sentencing date will be set during that appearance, says District Attorney's office spokesman Pat Culverhouse.

Jackson could be facing a maximum sentence of 40 years at hard labor on the kidnapping charge. Simple arson with damage of $500 or more carries a fine of up to $15,000 and a maximum of 15 years in prison at hard labor.

Assistant District Attorneys Bill Edwards and Dhu Thompson prosecuted the case.

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