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Kim Moretz found guilty of concealing man's death

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EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

A jury has found Kim Moretz guilty of concealing the death of another and hindering the apprehension of a criminal.

She has been found not guilty with tampering with evidence. She was charged in connection with concealing the death of Charlie Ray.

A social worker from Atlanta testified for the defense about her experience when she evaluated Moretz.

The social worker says Moretz suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Battered Person Syndrome from the physical and mental abuse she endured from her husband Chad Moretz.

Closing arguments followed the final testimony. Defense Attorney Michael Schiavone told the jury that Kim Moretz is also a victim in this case. He said Effingham County deputies failed to protect Moretz after responding to reports of domestic violence prior to Ray's murder.

Assistant D.A. Brian Deal reminded the jury of how Moretz first lied to police about Ray and then later admitting that she was there when Ray was murdered.

Deal also said even though Kim Moretz has been diagnosed with anxiety disorders; that does not excuse her for not saying anything to police about Ray.

Deal said that he was pleased with the jury's verdict. He says Moretz could face up to 15 years in prison. Her sentencing date is set for Feb. 12.

Ray's family was in court all week; however there were moments they could not stay to listen to the graphic details of how their son died and how Moretz helped hide truth.

 But when that verdict came down, the Ray family says they are one step closer to peace.

"We are feeling pretty good right now, we think that justice was served and that she got what she deserved and we are glad for the verdict," said Charles Ray, Charlie Ray's father.

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