Wichita man guilty of capital murder in deaths of twin brother, brother's wife

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Luis Alvarado-Meraz Luis Alvarado-Meraz
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A 28-year-old Wichita man has been found guilty of capital murder in the shooting deaths of his twin brother and sister-in-law.

The Sedgwick County DA's office says a jury on Friday convicted Luis Alvarado-Meraz after 90 minutes of deliberating. Prosecutors say he killed 24-year-old Manuel Alvarado-Meraz and 22-year-old Lucero Rodriquez on January 15, 2015. 

Family members called police that morning to check the welfare of the couple after receiving concerning calls and text messages. When officers arrived at the Shores apartment complex in the 2700 block of South Emporia, they found the bodies of Alvarado-Meraz and Rodriguez in one of the units. 

Manuel was shot 12 times and Lucero was shot eight times.

Luis Alvarado-Meraz was arrested hours later. Police said the three lived together in the same apartment.

Under Kansas law, Alvarado-Meraz is facing life in prison with no chance of parole, the DA's office said. He will be sentenced at a later date. 

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