Leavitt found guilty of attempted murder

In less than four hours, a jury of 12 found Heather Leavitt, 36, Minot Air Force Base, guilty Thursday night of trying to murder her estranged husband, Timothy Leavitt, at his home on Feb. 1.

The attorneys finished the nearly week-long case with their closing arguments at 2 p.m. North Central Judicial District Judge Douglas Mattson sent the jury out for deliberation at around 4:20 p.m. and they reached their verdict shortly after 8 p.m. Since the courthouse was officially closed at that time Mattson made everyone leave the courthouse promptly after ordering up a pre-sentence investigation for Leavitt.

Leavitt was escorted by her family back to the courtroom when it was called back into session for the reading of the verdict. The calm, silent demeanor Leavitt had displayed throughout her trial and the closing arguments broke when she hugged those family members over the rail separating the spectators from the trial floor. She had a few smiles, tears and words for them. As the guilty verdict was read, however, Leavitt threw her hands to her face and began to cry.

A date has not yet been set for sentencing.