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Susan DeJong

Former Alexandria woman found guilty of murdering husband

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FAIRBURY, Neb. -- A Nebraska jury has found a former Alexandria resident guilty of murdering her husband.

Susan DeJong, 55, broke into tears after the 12-person jury left a Jefferson County courtroom Monday, according to the Beatrice Daily Sun newspaper.

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DeJong was on trial for the March 2011 death of her husband, Thomas DeJong, 52, formerly of Alexandria.

The couple were living in Lincoln, Neb., when Susan DeJong suspected her husband was having an extramarital affair in another state.

The defense claimed Thomas DeJong died from injuries sustained in a bar fight or other altercation.

The prosecution "scoffed at the defense's argument," and offered that Susan DeJong beat her husband to death, according to the Daily Sun.

Investigators found two bloody hammers stashed in a duffel bag in Susan DeJong's vehicle the day after Thomas DeJong died. Evidence showed blood from both DeJongs was on the hammers.

The prosecution called the killing "senseless and excruciatingly painful" and Susan DeJong "cold-hearted and controlling."

Sentencing is set for May 3. DeJong faces life in prison.

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