Jurors in the capital murder trial of a 30-year-old man charged with shooting and killing two Fort Bliss soldiers found him guilty of murder on two counts.
Craig Allen Graham was convicted in the deaths of Army privates Damien Bailey and Preston Brown. State prosecutors allege that on Jan. 15, 2012, Graham fired a .45-caliber handgun in the parking lot of the Fussion nightclub on Dyer Street in Central El Paso, fatally wounding Bailey and Brown, and injuring another soldier, Tyrone Head.
The sentencing phase will begin immediately.
Graham could have faced an automatic life sentence if he had been convicted of capitol murder.
Defense attorneys Tom Hughes and Robin Norris argued during Graham's trial that Graham was acting in self-defense after he felt threatened by Head, who fired a .40-caliber handgun into the air outside the club.
Head was acquitted of murder in February.
Judge Patrick Garcia is presiding.