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Guilty Verdict In Murder-For-Hire Trial

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Cory Cotham Cory Cotham
Veronica Bozza Veronica Bozza
Timothy Bozza Timothy Bozza

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The man accused of murdering a young Nashville mother back in 2010 was found guilty by a jury on Thursday.

The jury received the case around 2 p.m. Thursday and after only about three hours of deliberation came back with the verdict. The jury will return early Friday morning for a sentencing hearing, and will determine after that whether Cotham will serve a life sentence, or life without parole. 

Prosecutors said this case was a murder-for-hire plot that was arranged by Bozza's ex-husband, Timothy, while they were going through a bitter divorce.

Cotham took the stand in his own defense. He testified that he spent time with various women, back on Sunday August 29th, 2010 and he said he was helping one of them when Veronica Bozza was murdered.

Prosecutors said that Veronica's ex-husband Timothy Bozza and Cotham worked together and were good friends. Cotham actually lived with Timothy and Veronica Bozza years before and knew they were going through a difficult divorce and custody battle.

Phone records show Tim Bozza and Cotham contacted each other more than one dozen times the day of the murder. In addition, Cotham met up with Tim Bozza not long before the murder. Although Cotham said the discussions were about his weekend and work projects, prosecutors said it was more about the murder for hire plot

"Seven to ten days before the homicide that Tim gave me money for the gun," said Cotham.

Prosecutors told the jury that the phone records are a key piece of evidence that show that Cotham was responsible for the murder.

Prosecutors said Cory Cotham and Timothy Bozza had an elaborate plan. They said Cotham agreed to kill Veronica Bozza, if  Bozza killed the man who has custody of Cotham's child.During testimony Cotham blamed Timothy Bozza for the murder.

Timothy Bozza is also charged with first degree murder. A trial date for Bozza has not yet been set.

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