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Blackwell found guilty of murdering 8-year-old girl

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Angela Davis testifies Tuesday during the first day of the trial. (March 11, 2014/FOX Carolina) Angela Davis testifies Tuesday during the first day of the trial. (March 11, 2014/FOX Carolina)
From left to right: Ricky Blackwell and Brooke Center (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office/The Center Family) From left to right: Ricky Blackwell and Brooke Center (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office/The Center Family)
Ricky Blackwell (L) arrives for court on Wednesday. (March 12, 2014/FOX Carolina) Ricky Blackwell (L) arrives for court on Wednesday. (March 12, 2014/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Nearly five years after an 8-year-old girl was shot to death in Chesnee, the man accused of killing her was found guilty by a jury on Wednesday.

The Spartanburg County jury found Ricky Blackwell guilty of shooting Brooke Center to get revenge on his estranged wife, who was dating Brooke's dad.

Deputies said Blackwell invited Brooke and his then estranged wife, Angela Davis, over to his home in Chesnee to swim on July 8, 2009.

When the two arrived, deputies said Blackwell grabbed Brooke and shot her multiple times.

Davis took the stand Tuesday where Solicitor Barry Barnette asked her how Blackwell held Brooke, saying he put her in a headlock then held the gun to her head.

"And I'm screaming 'let her go Ricky, please it's me you want, take me and let Heather take her home.' And he said 'no,'" Davis testified.

Blackwell's defense did not deny he killed Brooke but said they want the jury to consider his emotional state when deciding his fate.

The jury deliberated for 20 minutes on Wednesday before finding Blackwell guilty of murder and kidnapping.

The penalty phase begins at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

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