A jury took three hours to decide that newlywed Felicia Fine of Cedar Key was murdered by her husband, Charles Edwin Duke.
The decision on Friday came one week short of the first anniversary of Fine's death on Nov. 4, 2009, at the Rosewood home she shared with Duke and his friend Justin White.
Duke was also convicted of the false imprisonment of White for forcing the roommate to accompany him to a popular mud bogging site near Bronson where he negotiated White's release to law enforcement officers.
The couple had been married just two weeks and returned from a honeymoon in St. Augustine. It was Fine's first day back at work and when she returned home the couple fought. After it ended, Duke picked up a handgun and shot his wifein the head as she went through a stack of DVDs.
Due admitted before the trial on 1st degree premeditated murder and kidnapping that he had killed his wife. While he did not take the stand, his attorney denied it was premeditated, instead insisting something made Due "snap" and kill his bride.
While Duke's attorney worked to have him convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter to avoid the mandatory life sentence on first and second degree murder charges. Because the state no longer has parole, the 24-year-old will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
8th Circuit Court Judge David A. Glant sentenced Duke shortly after the verdict was rendered to life for the murder and five years for false imprisonment. Both will be served concurrently.
Look for more details on the trial and sentencing in the Nov. 4 issue of the Beacon.