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Nevada County jury convicts Jason Schuller of first-degree murder

Jurors in the murder trial of Jason Schuller took under four hours Tuesday, Dec. 19, to convict him of first-degree murder in the death of William Tackett.

The Nevada County jury also found that a special allegation against the 36-year-old Schuller — that he used a firearm to cause great bodily injury or death — was true.

The jury will return Thursday morning to begin the second phase of Schuller’s trial. Having found him guilty of murder, jurors now must determine if Schuller — who’s pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity — was sane at the time of the March 20, 2016, shooting of Tackett, 67.

“I’m just really relieved that they found him guilty of first degree,” said Heather Tackett, William Tackett’s daughter, after Tuesday’s verdict.

 "He knew it was a gun. He knew he was using a gun to kill someone. … The mental health aspect of this case is a distraction."
— Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh

Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh said he’s pleased with the jury’s decision. Micah Pierce, Schuller’s deputy public defender, declined comment.

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Attorneys on Tuesday argued their case to jurors, focusing on whether the fatal shooting of William Tackett was intentional and premeditated.

Those elements — intention and premeditation — were critical to prosecutors securing the conviction of first-degree murder in Tackett’s slaying.