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Passaniti found guilty in murder-for-hire plot

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A Caddo Parish Jury has found Linda Kate Passaniti guilty on all five counts against her in the murder-for-hire of Ernest Luttrell. 

The charges for which Passaniti was convicted include: principal to second degree murder; conspiracy to commit second degree murder; principal to forgery of the power of attorney over Ernest Luttrell's health care; principal to forgery of the power of attorney over Ernest Lutrell's finances; principal to forgery of the last will and testament of Ernest Luttrell.

It took the jury just over an hour to return with the verdicts.

Passaniti, 58, was arrested in March in connection with the death of her 73-year-old stepfather Ernest Luttrell in July 2010.

Passaniti is the daughter of Loretta Luttrell, who was previously charged in the case. Luttrell was later found incompetent to stand trial.

Two alleged co-conspirators have already pleaded guilty for their roles in the murder, and agreed to testify against Passaniti. Erick Crain took the stand on Monday, telling prosecutors he was promised $1,000 to kill Luttrell and make it look like a robbery. Armed with a .44-caliber weapon, Crain says he went into the Luttrell home to where he had been told Luttrell would be sleeping.

According to Daughtry, "She wanted them to shoot him at least twice in the head make sure he was dead."

Prosecutors painted Passaniti as the mastermind of the murder-for-hire plot, in a bid to gain access to his money.

Passaniti faces life in prison for the conviction on the second degree murder charge.

Sentencing has been set for Thursday, May 16 at 9:30 a.m.

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