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Published November 09, 2011, 07:20 PM

Reaction to Tracy Zornes verdict

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A Minnesota man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of two people.

A Minnesota man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of two people. 39 year-old Tracy Zornes from Naytahwaush has been found guilty of two counts of first-degree, premeditated murder in the deaths of 25 year-old Megan Londo and 20 year-old John Cadotte. Londo and Cadotte were found beaten and stabbed in a South Moorhead apartment last February.

When members of one of the victim's John Cadotte's family walked out of the court house, some were somber, some cheering in the parking lot.

Robert Cadotte – Victim’s Brother: "As civil people we do feel justice is done. But now justice is in God's hands. Thank You."

It took jurors a little more than a day to make their decision. The Assistant Clay County Attorney, Heidi Davies, says its because they had some questions they wanted answers."

Heidi Davies – Assistant Clay County Attorney: "This was a case of many small pieces and it had to be put together through a lot of different pieces and the jurors had a lot to sort through."

Davies says despite the lack of physical evidence putting Tracy Zornes at the scene, she wasn't put in a hard spot.

Heidi Davies: "It's really not as easy as it is on TV. And I think that our scientists explained that. The fact that there wasn't any DNA didn't matter that much because the defendant repeatedly stated that he was there."

But one of Zornes' attorneys, Joe Parise, says they will appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Joe Parise – Zornes’ Attorney: "Leading up to the verdict, he was holding up a lot of hope."

Zornes' mother Suzanne wouldn't comment on camera, but says she knows her son is innocent. Zornes will be sentenced December 16th.

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