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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Phase two of the Jacob Cayer murder trial commences Thursday in Brown County. Jurors will decide whether Cayer was responsible for his actions, or if he lacked the mental capacity to understand what he was doing was wrong.

On Wednesday, the jury found Cayer guilty of two counts of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, Attempted Homicide, Burglary and Bail Jumping.

It took about an hour for jurors to reach an unanimous verdict and convict Cayer of killing ex-girlfriend Sabrina Teague, 25, and her mother Heesun “Sunny” Teague. Cayer was also convicted of trying to kill Sabrina’s boyfriend, Joel Kennedy.

Action 2 News reporter Brittany Schmidt has been covering the trial since day one. She’s Live Tweeting here: https://twitter.com/BritSchmidtNews

Three days of testimony described a bloody and violent crime scene during the June 7, 2016 attack in Hobart.

The case was delayed numerous times over the years as Cayer was in-and-out of competency. At one point, he pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. Under Wisconsin law, that requires a two-phase trial in which a jury must consider Cayer’s mental state and his ability to “appreciate the wrongfulness of the conduct.”

Cayer testified Wednesday that he did not kill the Teagues, but he had no memory of what happened that night at their home. The jury disagreed and found him guilty.

During phase two, the burden of proof is on the defense to convince jurors that Cayer is not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Defense Attorney Anthony Cotton told jurors Thursday that Cayer is mentally ill and a “very sick individual.”

District Attorney David Lasee told the jury it is up to them to decide Cayer’s fate.

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