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Ricardo Taylor found guilty on kidnapping, murder charges

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A jury has found a Louisville man guilty of murder and kidnapping, despite arguments that he was suffering mental impairments at the time.

Ricardo Taylor, 27, was found guilty Tuesday on two counts of murder, two counts of kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, tampering with physical evidence and possession of cocaine while in possession of firearm.

This trial has been going on for just over a week and the jury deliberated for hours Tuesday.

Taylor is accused of kidnapping three people on Aug. 2, 2012 and killing two of them -- Tela Harvey and Osman Omor.

Officials say it happened in an apartment in Louisville's Smoketown neighborhood.

The defense argued Taylor was at the apartments for a drug deal.

They said he should not be held fully responsible because he was experiencing extreme emotional disturbance at the time.

The prosecution argued the opposite, showing the jury evidence of the killings, playing phone clips and testimony from the living victim and interviews with detectives.

"I think it's what he said in his statement. They didn't die immediately so he had to shoot them again. She fell after she was shot in the chest and he came by as she was on the ground and shot her in the back of the head," Prosecutor Elizabeth Jones Brown said of the killer's state of mind.

Taylor expressed his feelings about our cameras being in the courtroom -- by making an obscene gesture after the jury left.

His sentencing is set for Wednesday morning.

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